What are earwigs?
Earwigs may best be known for the myth that is associated with them- that they crawl into sleeping people’s ears and burrow into their brains to lay eggs; this of course is false. Adult earwigs or “pincher bugs” as they are also known are about 5/8 of an inch long and are dark brown to reddish-brown in color. They can be either winged or wingless and have long smooth bodies with a pair of appendages called “cerci” at the end of their abdomen. In females the cerci are straight and in males it has a more curved appearance.
Are earwigs dangerous?
Earwigs are generally considered to be a nuisance pest. They can pinch if they feel threatened but are no real danger to humans or their pets.
Why do I have a problem with earwigs?
Earwigs may enter homes through cracks and crevices in foundations and around doors and windows; they will do so if the temperature outdoors becomes too hot, or if the weather is particularly dry. They can also be brought in on newspapers, lawn furniture or from other outside things that are brought indoors. Once inside they can be found under rugs, under potted plants and in dark, moist areas of your home like bathrooms or basements. They will come out at night to feed on insects and decaying plant materials found throughout your house.
How do I get rid of earwigs?
To get rid of earwigs already in your home you should vacuum and clean the infested area as well as eliminate any areas with excessive moisture. This should be followed up with a call to Monitor Pest Control. Our Perimeter Pest Control program is designed to get rid of earwigs and over 47 household pests that could be a problem in your Middle Georgia home.
Can I do it myself?
Eliminating moisture in your home as well as sealing any gaps or openings on the outside of the home will help deter these pests, butcontacting Monitor Pest Control at the first sign of an infestation is the most effective, safe way to control and eliminate earwigs. If you are having problems with earwigs in Sugar Hill or elsewhere in Middle Georgia, contact Monitor Pest Control today.
Why Choose Monitor Pest Control?
With over 25 years of experience, we know the time, effort and commitment it takes to solve your earwig problem. With Monitor Pest Control, you’ll receive trained professionals, serious commitment and thorough treatments.
How do I prevent an earwig infestation in the future?
You can help to prevent earwigs entering your home by making sure that any cracks or gaps in your homes’ exterior, especially around windows, doors and in foundations are sealed. Reducing moisture build-up outside of your home, along with reducing moisture and humidity in basement and bathroom areas is another effective prevention method.