Why Do I Have Earwigs In My Home?

1/16/2017


earwig up close

Before answering that pressing question, let’s take a look at some basic facts about this interesting creature. Earwigs have tiny pincers located on the back of their abdomens that are used for defense when fighting with other earwigs. There are over twenty species of earwigs found in the US. Earwigs are slender and have two pairs of wings, although most do not fly. Nymphs (immature earwigs) look the same as adults except they do not yet have their wings. They range in size from 5 to 25 mm.

Earwigs are nocturnal insects. During the day, earwigs hide in damp areas such as in the cracks of your home, in the mulch around your flowerbeds, or under the rocks and logs in your yard. They like high moisture areas where they can easily feed on plants and other insects. In the winter, they create small burrows in the ground and the females lay their eggs there. The female earwig tends to the eggs until they hatch and remains caring for the nymphs until they are able to find their own food. Once they all leave the burrow in search of food, you may start finding them on your porch, on or under your steps, and even inside your home.

Why Do Earwigs Go Into Homes?

If you find earwigs wandering around inside your home, it’s because they reproduce in high moisture areas and then seek food nearby. If you have earwigs inside, you probably have very large numbers of earwigs roaming around outside your home. Also, when the weather gets colder, earwigs may seek shelter and forage for food in your home.

Are Earwigs Dangerous?

Earwigs are mostly just nuisance pests. Their pincers aren’t strong enough to inflict pain on humans if they do decide to “pinch”, and they do not have venom that can cause disease, itchiness, or illness. They can, however, cause damage to your household plants and your outdoor gardens by damaging the blossoms and eating organic material potentially causing the plants to die or become diseased.

Earwig Prevention and Elimination

You may be able to eliminate earwigs from your home with do-it-yourself methods of pest control. It involves eliminating high moisture areas found outside and near your home and sealing all entry points to your home such as window screens, cracks around doors and windows, and any holes or cracks in your foundation. If you have landscaping around your home that seems to attract earwigs, you are better off hiring a professional than trying to eliminate the earwig infestation on your own. We can help identify and eliminate wet conditions and seal your home against future infestations, and our highly trained pest specialists have the training, experience, and tools to safely eliminate pests such as earwigs from your home.

When earwigs pose a danger to your property it is time to contact the pest experts here at Schendel Pest Services to discuss which of our industry leading pest solutions is right for you.




 

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