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What are earwigs?

Earwigs are a long, thin insect that have a distinctive pincher-like pair of appendages or “cerci” at the base of their abdomen. The appendages are where they get their nickname “pincher bug” from. Adults range in size from 5-25mm in length, depending on the species. Common earwig adults are about 5/8th of an inch in length. They are a brownish-red color and can be either winged or wingless. Their diet consists of both plants and other insects. You may recognize the earwig from the common myth that they are associated with. The myth states that they enter into human ears, burrow into the brain, and then lay their eggs- luckily that is just a myth and completely false.

Are they considered a nuisance pest or destructive?

Earwigs are considered to be a nuisance pest. They are categorized as an occasional invader and are not destructive to people or property.

How do earwigs get inside?

Earwigs can get into homes on outdoors items like packages, newspapers, boxes, and furniture that are brought indoors. However, earwigs most often wander into homes and other buildings accidentally through cracks in foundations, and gaps around exterior windows and doors. They are attracted to light and will sometimes flock to deck and porch areas in the evenings.

Why do earwigs infest homes and businesses?

Earwigs infest homes and businesses when the weather becomes too hot or dry for them. They will move indoors to find dark, moist places to hide in. When infesting homes they can be found in basements, bathrooms, kitchens, under stacks of newspapers or magazines, and under potted plants. They may also move indoors to search for food.

How do I get rid of earwigs?

Getting rid of earwigs from your home can be a frustrating task. Reducing the moisture levels in your home can help, but professional pest control is the best solution. Professionals can find all the areas of your home that the earwigs are hiding in and eliminate them. Pest experts will then be able to help you find the areas of your home that are allowing them inside and fix them.

At Allgood, we can treat and control earwigs year-round with our residential pest control plans. For more information about which plan is right for you and how we can help control earwigs on your property, contact us today!

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