Are you wondering how to help get rid of earwigs?
Earwigs are attracted to dark, moist areas— help prevent an infestation by keeping your home and the areas around it dry. Make sure to fix any leaky pipes inside the home and consult Terminix® about a treatment plan for earwig control. Keep reading to learn more about this pest, how they get inside and additional ways you can help get rid of them.
Earwigs, also known as pincher bugs, are found throughout the United States. They are nocturnal and prefer to keep out of sight during the daylight hours. They also prefer to confine themselves to dark, damp areas. They crawl under welcome mats and behind flowerpots and other outdoor objects. They also lie in wait between crevices and cracks in homes and sheds until nighttime.
Behavior and Diet
There are several species of earwigs. Some are herbivores, some are carnivores and some are omnivores. There are also earwig species that are scavengers and will mostly eat other small insects and plant material. Those that eat corn silk and seedlings can cause severe damage to those and other plants, including flowering plants. Because of the intensity of their destructive feeding habits, the damage earwigs cause is often confused with that of cutworms or even rabbits.
Earwigs build specially constructed nests where the female lays her eggs and waits until her offspring are hatched, usually in the spring.
Are Earwigs Dangerous?
As mentioned before, earwigs are generally harmless to people. However, they are still a nuisance pest and generally creepy looking, so you’ll probably want to get rid of them. Using the correct methods of pest control is essential. Partial elimination of an earwig infestation does not address the problem. It is important, in order to ensure success and to help prevent further infestation, to contact a pest control professional to apply proven methods of control.
Earwigs in the House
In the home, earwigs can gain entry through cracks or crevices in the foundation. They will seek damp, dark places in order to reproduce. It is recommended that homeowners caulk these vulnerable places in the home to help keep earwigs from gaining entry.
Help Get Rid of Earwigs
Learning how to help get rid of pincher bugs may be as easy as adjusting a few things in and around your home. To help minimize the threat of an earwig infestation:
- Try to keep garden and home areas free of excess moisture.
- Ensure your yard drains adequately.
- Seal any vulnerable openings in the home’s foundation with caulk.
- Eliminate hiding places near the foundation, such as groundcovers; climbing vines; weeds; thick mulches and vegetation; and piles of debris, leaves or wood.
- Sweep or vacuum daily inside the home to dispose of visible earwigs.