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Helpful Tips To Keep Earwigs Out Of Your Home

November 15, 2016

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Earwigs are pretty interesting little creatures. If you based the danger posed by an insect by the way that they look, then earwigs would most likely top the list. These dark brown to red/brown insects with a pair of ‘pinchers’ off the end of their abdomen could make you believe that they are capable of inflicting a pretty painful sting if you get too close; and the way that they quickly scurry once they’ve been discovered makes them seem even more ominous. You may wonder where they disappeared to, and more than one person has been left with the sense that earwigs are crawling all over them once they have vanished out of sight.

The truth is, however, that these creatures, while very good at instilling fear, are far from dangerous – well to people anyway. The truth is that they do not bite or sting but are indeed capable of using their cerci (pinchers) to pinch people, but they rarely do. They only resort to pinching when they feel extremely threatened and have no other option of escape. They also are not known to carry and transmit any disease to people. So these creatures truly are just a nuisance pest.

Earwigs will enter your home from time to time in search of food and shelter or by accident when you carry in plants or boxes that they have already invaded. The biggest issues that you will have if you notice that earwigs have found a way into your home are:

  1. Earwigs love moisture, so you may be looking at a moisture or mold issue somewhere in your home.

  2. If earwigs are finding their way inside your home, there is a pretty good chance that other pests, some of which can be harmful or damaging, most likely have found their way in as well.

There are a few things that you can do to help keep pests from finding a way into your home. They include:

  • Installing door sweeps on all exterior doors.

  • Filling all cracks and crevices found in your foundation with caulking.

  • Fixing any gaps found around doors, windows, and utility entrances

  • Using chimney caps.

  • Keeping plants and mulch back away from your foundation.

  • Trimming bushes, shrubs, and trees so there are no branches touching your home.

  • Using dehumidifiers and fans to control moisture levels in your home.

  • Keeping trash in cans with locking lids and routinely removing it from your property.

  • Making sure to vacuum regularly and clean up spills and crumbs right away.

  • Having a year-round pest control plan in place.

There is no doubt that, while all of these prevention tips can help, the most important one is implementing a year-round pest control plan. Understanding that no two homes are exactly alike, the experts here at Moyer Pest Control have developed three levels of residential pest control protection that can be personalized to meet your specific needs. No matter which plan you choose – Exterior Home Guard, Platinum Home Guard, or our most comprehensive Complete Home Guard – they all come backed by Moyer’s long-standing commitment to superior customer service and more than 140 years of local pest protection experience. When you combine that with some of the most innovative protocols, EPA approved safe products and state-of-the-art technologies, you can know that you are receiving some of the most effective pest control plans available.

Don’t let earwigs, or any other pest, invade your Pennsylvania home; turn to the trusted, experienced team here at Moyer Pest instead. Give us a call to see how easy and affordable it is to become and remain pest free.

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