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Many people have misconceptions about earwigs. Although these small members of the Dermaptera order will enter your home, they will not burrow into your brain and lay eggs. They have long, smooth bodies and a pair of appendages referred to as cerci. These abdominal appendages are often used to pinch people, but they’re not powerful enough to break your skin. The long pincers can sometimes reach a third of the insect’s body length. They’re larger and curvier when dealing with a male earwig. Although most earwigs are small, the Saint Helena Giant Earwig is massive.
In some cases, she can reach three inches in length. The most common earwig species are found in areas with temperate climates.
Reasons You Have Earwigs
Earwigs behave like overwintering pests yet in the reverse. They tend to enter homes during the dry, hot summer months. They prefer hanging out around warm, temperate locations, but they’ll hide in dark, damp spots as well. Once they’ve found a small hole to enter your home, they’ll find plenty of suitable places around the dwelling. Although they can be found anywhere in the home, homeowners usually find them around basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. They’re nocturnal so you’re only going to see them at night when they come out to feed on mites and fleas. If you’re dealing with a flea or mite infestation, there is a higher risk that you’re going to encounter earwigs too.
How Dangerous Are Earwigs?
The good news is that earwigs are not dangerous. These pests will become a nuisance, but they’re not going to harm anyone. Even when they use their cerci to pinch, they won’t break the skin. Plus, they do not inject venom into their victims. The biggest problem with earwigs is that they’re going to damage your precious plants and gardens.
Eliminating The Earwigs In Your Home
You may believe that getting rid of earwigs will be quick and easy, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Unfortunately, it is never easy to eliminate these unwanted guests. Once they’ve invaded, you should begin working to reduce the earwig population around your home. Eliminate excess light and moisture. Switching to sodium vapor yellow lights can help since these pests are less attracted to these lights. Stay away from white, mercury vapor, and neon lights. Finally, people seal your home so the earwigs outside cannot find a way inside.
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Our technicians are serious about protecting you and your loved ones. We try to fix the problem using safe, reliable treatments. When necessary, we’ll eliminate the earwigs around your home using products registered with the EPA. Our technicians are going to keep you safe from point A to point B.
Preventing Earwig Invasions
It isn’t easy to stop earwigs from invading your dwelling. Still, you can take certain steps to stop these pests from entering your home. Eliminate all entry points. Also, focus on reducing the earwig population around your home. Remember to switch to sodium vapor yellow lights and turn them off at night. Reduce humidity problems because earwigs are attracted to excess moisture. Finally, seal your home’s exterior walls to keep these pests out.