Earwigs are a slender insect with pincers at the end of their abdomen. Even though they have pincers, most people will never be pinched by one. It is also uncommon to have a disease or bacteria transmitted to a human by an earwig. More than anything they are annoying for homeowners. While virtually harmless to humans, earwigs can be invasive and elusive. They can easily find cracks and crevices that grant them access to the interior of your home.
Certified and trained technicians can provide preventative earwig control and removal. Whether you have an earwig infestation or have only seen a few and would like preventative care, Insight professionals can offer solutions to your concerns
How Can I Prevent An Earwig Infestation?
Clean countertops and tables after meals. Remove crumbs and easily accessible food. Inspect plants outside before bringing them indoors. Check the plant, soil and pot for any earwigs, especially if you notice some chewed holes in the leaves.
Inspect the interior and exterior of your home for any cracks or gaps that may provide access for earwigs. You can use caulking or another sealant to cover cracks in window and door seals. Make sure to check the foundation of your home for small access points where earwigs could enter.
Trim shrubs and greenery at least 24 inches away from your home. When foliage touches your house it creates an easy bridge from the outdoor world to your home. Earwigs will take advantage of this bridge and find an access point you may have missed while inspecting your house. Minimizing the use of outdoor lights at night can also help minimize earwig populations outside your home.
Another important way to prevent an earwig infestation is to have a professional technician apply products to create a barrier between your home and the outside. This barrier can help deter earwigs and keep them away from your living space.
What Attracts Earwigs?
Earwigs are often the culprits that chew holes in leaves and vegetation. They can easily become a gardener’s enemy. Since they are omnivores, they will be attracted by any crumbs or loosely packaged foods. You may have noticed that they pop up in your kitchen, bathroom and basement more often than other areas of the home. That is because earwigs are attracted to damp, moist areas. If you have an outdoor shed that you don’t go in very often, you may want to check it periodically for earwigs and other pests.
Don’t wait for an earwig infestation to overtake your home, get preventive earwig treatment provided by one of our qualified technicians. Earwig extermination may be necessary if left untreated for a long period of time.
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Whether you need preventative maintenance for pests or you are battling an infestation, Insight is here to help you with your pest control needs. Licensed and trained professionals can treat your home with environmentally conscious products that are also pet and kid friendly. Call our office to schedule an appointment or a free inspection.
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