Why Do I Have Earwigs

Why Do I Have Earwigs?

Spotting an earwig in the home can be quite unsettling. This is a creepy, unusual bug that does not belong indoors. In many cases, earwigs have accidentally found their way indoors and require professional removal. These are hardy insects that will attract more earwigs into the home and multiply if conditions are correct. Thankfully, you can get rid of the earwigs on your property with the help of a pest remover and keep them out with some simple maintenance. If there are earwigs in your home or place of work, call The Exterminators. We provide comprehensive solutions to all household pests.

Earwigs are six-legged insects with elongated bodies and a signature set of pincers on their abdomens. Measuring between 1 and 2cm long, these bugs appear shiny and reddish brown with a long pair of antennae on their heads. Earwigs also have a short pair of wings, but rarely fly. Earwigs are usually found outside in cool, damp places like flower beds and garden furniture. As omnivores, they feed on a variety of foods including insects, flowers, leaves, fruits, vegetables, and mold. Earwigs aid in the decomposition of plant materials and keeping other pests under control.

Earwigs prefer the outdoors but will enter the house to escape inclement weather. Heat waves in the summer, falling temperatures in the fall, and dry weather may bring earwigs indoors as they seek a temperate, humid place to live. They will crawl through wall vents, holes in the window screens, and cracks in the foundation. Once inside, earwigs tend to settle in the wettest areas of the house such as the basement or bathroom. Earwigs can also be carried into the home accidentally. Bringing an infested planter into the garage for the winter, for example, may accidentally bring in earwigs.

You can get rid of earwigs with commercial pesticides. Liquid sprays and dusts can be applied to both the interior and exterior of the home to eliminate the bugs and keep them out. For long-term results, make the home inhospitable to earwigs. Set up a dehumidifier in the basement and fix all leaky faucets to keep humidity under control. Remove clutter, vacuum regularly, and store food in sealed containers. Replace your bug screens, then seal every crack you find in your window frames, siding, and foundation with caulking or expanding foam. Move firewood and grass cuttings away from the sides of the home.

Earwigs are stubborn pests that can be very difficult to eliminate yourself. The most reliable way to get rid of earwigs is to hire a professional pest remover. A professional can determine the causes of the infestation on your property and provide you with a quick solution that works. The technicians at The Exterminators are thoroughly trained and experienced in earwig removal for your peace of mind. No matter the extent or severity of the problem, we have got you covered. Call The Exterminators today: 647-496-2211.