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Earwigs

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Order Dermaptera

Earwigs Facts and Information

Earwigs are odd looking insects which have pincers or forceps protruding from the abdomen. These are somewhat intimidating looking but they are not poisonous, and they do not spread disease. Depending on the species, adults’ range in size from 5-25 mm. They are slender insects with two pair of wings. Dermaptera means “skin wing” due to the leathery appearance of the wings. The hind wings typically fold under the front wings.  

FAQs About Earwigs

How do I prevent earwig?

The most important part of controlling earwigs is eliminating their hiding places. If the earwig harborages are not addressed, insecticide application will probably not control earwigs very well. There are a variety of things that can be done. 

Landscaping 

  • Clean Up – Move landscape timbers, logs, decorative stones, and firewood piles away from the foundation. 
  • Eliminate Moist Soil – Create a zone next to the foundation that is free of mulch, dead leaves, and other organic material. The “dry zone” should be 6” to 12” wide so that earwigs will avoid it. 
  • Trim Overhanging Branches – Trim trees and shrubs that cause damp, shady areas near the house. 

Around the Home 

  • Proper Drainage is Key – Examine gutters and downspouts to make sure they drain away from the foundation. Set irrigation systems so that they water in the morning and allow the landscape to dry during the day. 
  • Switch Up Exterior Lighting – Adjust outdoor lights to shine from the yard onto the house – insects will be attracted away from the house. If moving outside light fixtures is not practical, consider changing light bulbs to yellow bulbs since white lights are more attractive to insects. 
  • Secure Possible Entry Points – Repair screens on crawl space vents and make sure the vents are not blocked. 
  • Dry Out Moisture-Prone Areas – A dehumidifier might help in a damp basement. 

Earwigs can infest many different areas in a home. Because of that, it may be necessary to use several insecticide products to control them effectively. Our pest control professionals will have the products and equipment to control earwigs effectively.

How did I get earwigs?

Seeking respite from the oppressive heat, Earwigs may unexpectedly invade your home. While they might enter through an open door or window looking to beat a dry spell, it’s more likely that these intrepid insects are simply trying to find a cool and comfortable place with access to food and water – like in kitchens, bathrooms or laundries. It’d be wise not worry though; while they can potentially pop up anywhere inside your abode, complete infestations remain rare occurrences!