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Earwigs are small pests that belong to the Dermapter order. These pests are easy to identify thanks to their unique size and shape. They have thin elongated bodies as well as appendages around their bellies. These appendages are called cerci and they use them to pinch. Males have longer and curvier cerci than female earwigs. One thing to note is that you can find wingless and winged species. Winged species are equipped with back and front wings. Nevertheless, earwigs rarely fly. Even if they have wings, they usually don’t fly. Their elongated bodies are dark brown or reddish-brown.
Move earwigs are small but the Saint Helena Giant Earwigs can grow up to three inches in length. Most earwig species are found in temperate climates.
Reasons For Earwig Invasions
Earwigs attempt to enter residential dwellings and commercial buildings during the hot, humid months of summer. These pests like temperate climates that are damp and dark. If these pests find a way to invade your home, they’re going to find plenty of dark, damp places that satisfy their needs. Earwigs enter structures because they’re looking for great hiding places. These nocturnal pests tend to sleep during the day and work at night. When they invade your home, you’re going to find them in your basement, kitchen, and bathroom. When it gets dark, earwigs will attempt to feed on fleas, mites, and other arthropods.
Having another pest infestation means you’re going to be more likely to deal with earwigs in the future.
Are you concerned about the dangers associated with earwigs? Although these pests are annoying, they’re not dangerous. There is a myth that earwigs are going to climb into your ear and burrow in your brain. Don’t worry because this frightening myth isn’t true. Earwigs may pinch someone using their cerci, but this is a rare occurrence. The primary problem with these pests is that they’re destructive. They will destroy the plants in your home.
Eradicating Earwig Infestations
It is pertinent to take steps to remove the earwigs from your home. There are numerous ways to achieve this goal. For starters, you can try lowing the moisture levels in your home. Earwigs like moisture and light. By reducing both, you may be able to convince these pests to leave. Make sure that your doors and windows are blocked so as little as possible is seeping out. Once you’ve done that, the earwigs will be less likely to approach your home. You’ll also want to switch to sodium vapor yellow lights. Earwigs prefer mercury vapor, white, and neon lights. Don’t forget to properly seal your exterior walls, doors, and windows. Doing so will keep them out and ensure the earwigs cannot infest your home.
When Can The Exterminator Begin?
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Preventing Invasions Of Earwigs
Besides getting rid of the earwigs, you’ll want to keep them out. To do that, you should find ways to prevent them from invading your home. Again, you should switch to sodium vapor lights. These lights are less attractive to earwigs and other pests. Reduce light from shining through your doors and windows. You’ll also need to eliminate wet areas around your home. Deal with high humidity to protect your home from earwigs. Once they invade, call us and we’ll get rid of them.