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Souderton's Complete Guide To Effective Earwig Control

September 9, 2020


Sometimes, fear of a pest can subside with a little bit of knowledge. For instance, if a Souderton resident knew how to block a rodent out, they might be less concerned about an intrusion. With insects and creatures, using widely-spread information about prevention and elimination can put people at ease. Critters with a lower profile, such as silverfish, often unsettle folks to a greater extent. Home and business owners can be beside themselves if they don’t know how to approach a specimen or whether or not they’re dangerous.

Earwigs are a perfect example of a “low-profile” bug. A lot of mystery and uncertainty surround them. They are old wive's tales about them slipping into the ears of sound sleepers. Outside of that, most people know a few facts about these insects. Learn how to identify and avoid them, with the support of Moyer Pest Control.

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How Do Earwigs Look & Behave? What Are The Risks?

Earwigs vary in size, from 3/16 to one inch long. Their lean and flat bodies are reddish-brown. Several are unable to fly, despite having two sets of wings. They have two recognizable pincers that stick out from their abdomens. Reproduction, self-defense, and catching prey are how they use these appendages. In the midst of these activities, they’ll emit a foul-smelling liquid. If you get pricked by an earwig, it will cause a scratch with light pain. The tale that they enter ears is just that; a tale.

Earwigs will do more harm to yards and crops than they’ll ever do to humans. They prefer outdoor settings and eat fellow insects, sprouts, greenery, and dying vegetation. Damp, dark, and cool areas are where they lay eggs. You’re liable to see them under rocks and logs, and settling in gardens and mulch.

Additional essentials about earwigs are:

  • They are most active at night.

  • They can run with speed.

  • Dry weather is typically what makes them come indoors.

  • They can be anywhere, but they favor bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens.

  • They congregate in large groups, but infestations are uncommon.

How Can You Prevent Earwigs?

To ensure earwigs aren’t a problem for you, you’ll have to spruce up your lawn, have structural repairs done, and perform some other building maintenance. It might be a bit time consuming, but if you never spot a critter, you’ll be thankful you did the work:

  • Use gravel as opposed to the soil around your property’s perimeter.

  • Plants, rocks, and wood need to be a couple of feet away from exterior doors.

  • Regularly groom your lawn, shrubs, and plants.

  • Make sure gutters and downspouts direct water away from foundations.

  • All exterior doors need door sweeps installed.

  • Seal gaps around foundations, windows, and doors.

  • Keep down moisture by using a dehumidifier.

  • Outdoor light bulbs should be yellow. White beams attract earwigs and other insects.

  • Inspect outdoor furniture, flowers, newspapers, and packages before bringing them inside.

  • Store food in airtight containers.

What Can Moyer Pest Control Do About Earwigs?

Removing all the natural elements that draw in earwigs isn’t really feasible. Therefore, it will always be a possibility that these bugs will show up. You could try using a retail spray, insecticide, or repellent, but the majority have limited effectiveness. Plus, there could be negative effects on pets or vegetation if the product is too strong or used incorrectly. You can skip the expensive trial and error by contacting us at Moyer Pest Control.

We have Service Professionals™ that are highly trained, licensed, and registered by state entities. They will have the ability and skill to apply our specialized treatments with precision and care. Our solutions are backed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Don’t hesitate to call us today!

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