Earwig Identification & Prevention

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Frequently Asked Questions About Earwigs

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What are earwigs?

Earwigs are small nuisance insects that have a large reputation when it comes to myths. Earwigs are often rumored to crawl into human ears at night, lay their eggs in ears, or even eat human brains, all of which are untrue. Earwigs are problematic pests and somewhat frightening to encounter, but they aren’t dangerous insect invaders.

Earwigs are easily recognized by their dark brown color, long bodies that grow around an inch in length, and the large pair of pincers at their rear. Earwigs have long, slim antennae and six legs that are a lighter color than their body. Reach out to us today for pest control in Sonoma County.

Are earwigs dangerous?

Despite the many rumors and myths surrounding this pest, earwigs are not particularly dangerous to humans but they are to plants. Earwigs eat plants and can damage your garden. Earwigs will also eat dead insects and decaying material. Earwigs are unlikely to bite humans, and even if an earwig bite or pinch is received, it is rarely strong enough to break the skin. Earwigs also do not transmit diseases or pathogens to human properties like many other pest invaders, and they don’t typically cause breathing issues or allergic reactions.

The main problem with an earwig infestation is seeing this nuisance pest everywhere around your property and the damage they do to your plants.

Why do I have an earwig problem?

Earwigs are attracted to properties with a plethora of moisture and dark spaces; they will seek out these spaces. If you notice an increasing earwig problem on your property, take time to evaluate factors that could be attracting this pest. The best earwig repellent is making your property inhospitable to infestation.

Where will I find earwigs?

Earwigs are most commonly found in dark places that have plenty of moisture. This means that earwigs will be outdoors under piles of debris, damp leaf piles, and overgrown foliage or around water features. Once they slip indoors, earwigs will be seen around basements, kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, and other areas that provide damp, cool spaces.

California Exterminators Alliance will help you locate earwigs hiding around your property and control infestations.

How do I get rid of earwigs?

If you want to get rid of earwigs the easy way, skip DIY treatments and contact California Exterminators Alliance at the first signs of this pest on your property. Our knowledgeable technicians will work with you to help you eliminate earwigs from inside and outside of your Sonoma County property. With our expert help and tailored pest removal solutions, you can easily reclaim your property from this nuisance pest.

Contact us today to learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control solutions or to get started safeguarding your property against this pest.

How can I prevent earwigs in the future?

Prevent earwigs from invading your Sonoma County property in the future by following our expert tips to keep this pest at bay:

  • Eliminate piles of debris, leaf piles, and overgrown foliage around outdoor areas that might be contributing to humid and damp conditions earwigs love to hide inside.
  • Address moisture issues and leaks both indoors and outdoors to ensure no excess pools of water are found around your property.
  • Use dehumidifiers indoors to ensure all spaces are well-ventilated and undesirable to earwigs.
  • Seal cracks and gaps around your property’s foundation, windows, and doors to ensure that earwigs can’t easily slip into indoor spaces.

Contact California Exterminators Alliance today for more information on defeating or preventing earwig infestations.

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