There are about 25 different species of earwigs throughout America. Most people believe that these pests got their name by crawling in people’s ears and laying their eggs. This however is not true. These insects usually stick to the outdoors until the weather begins to change and the cold temperatures set in. During the cold winter months is when earwig activity booms in both household and businesses. Dave’s Pest Control will share information to help you protect your home from an earwig infestation.

Earwig Bites

Earwigs have a long slim body with pinchers on the bottom of their abdomen and a small pair of wings. Males use these pinchers to spar with other males. Occasionally they will bite in self defense. Their bites are completely harmless but might cause the recipient a little sting. There are various numbers of species so their color and size do vary. They are commonly dark brown or black and can reach anywhere from less than a quarter of an inch in length to just over an inch. Female Earwigs, depending on which species they are, can have anywhere from 30 to 50 eggs. The females will tend and protect their eggs and nymphs until their offspring are able to find food on their own. An earwig has five molt cycles that take them into adulthood. The diet of Earwigs range from plants to other insects. They will hide in dark areas until night arrives. Under the cover of darkness, they will become active in order to look for food.

Where Do Earwigs Live?

When earwigs invade your space, you will first see them mostly in the moist areas of the home, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. However, earwigs will also appear in other rooms in your house. Frequent sightings are a clear sign of a beginning or current earwig infestation. You may also begin to notice a nasty smell in the air. Earwigs produce a liquid pheromone, which is believed to call other earwigs. This might explain why pest inspectors will often find earwigs in clusters or in large groups.

Earwig Infestation Prevention & Control

One of the best methods of preventing and controlling an earwig infestation is to seal up and remove places for them to hide. Keep damp rooms free of clutter and seal any cracks in the walls and in the foundation of the affected areas. It is also suggested you use a dehumidifier to remove some of the moisture out of damp rooms and areas of the home where moisture dwells. Earwigs are also drawn to places with leaky pipes or constant water exposure. Maintain all plumbing and piping systems in and out of your home. Your next step is to spray pesticides on the inside and outside of your home or building. Pesticides don’t just kill the earwig but all the other insects that they might feed on. Earwigs become a major problem as their numbers grow. It is important, like any other pest, to keep them in check. It is much easier to prevent a major infestation than to remove one. Keep in mind to maintain a good pest control program. Dave’s Pest Control can help provide an excellent pest management program for your home or business. Call us today for our services.