Earwig Identification

What are earwigs?

Earwigs are pests that mainly live outside in wooded areas and in our lawns and gardens. However, these pests and others occasionally find their way into our homes. They usually don't move inside to breed or search for food, but to escape bad weather conditions.

Earwigs are nocturnal, feeding at night on things like aphids, insect larvae, and plants using their specialized biting mouthparts. These insects have slender oval-shaped bodies, long thin legs, wings (but most don't fly), and are reddish-brown.

an earwig on wood

The name earwig means "ear creature." It originates from the tale that earwigs crawl into the ears of sleeping people to lay their eggs in their brains. Luckily, there is no truth to this rumor. The females lay their eggs in damp soil, such as our flowerbeds and garden areas.

Are earwigs dangerous?

Earwigs feed on plants and plant materials, but they only cause minimal damage unless populations are substantial. While they are mainly nuisance pests, no one wants large numbers of them crawling throughout their home.

Most people fear these insects because of the pincers (cerci) extending off their back end. While unpleasant to look at, the appendage is not strong enough to pinch a person's skin or cause any pain. They use their pincers to defend themselves against much smaller adversaries like each other and other insects! Another "danger" associated with earwigs is that if they find a way into your home, so will many other insects and pests.

Why do I have an earwig problem?

If you have flower beds, gardens, wooded areas, or other areas that collect moisture on your property, earwigs will take advantage. The ground underneath trash cans, recycling bins, woodpiles, and brush piles also make an excellent place for earwigs to hide.

Living in the damp soil close to the outside walls of our homes, garages, and other structures make it easy for these pests to move indoors when the weather becomes too hot and dry for them to live. Earwigs live together in large numbers, making them a frustrating problem to have to deal with on a regular basis.

Where will I find earwigs?

When earwigs move into your home, they typically move in at ground level through spaces under doors or cracks in the foundation. Once inside, damp basements, crawlspaces, kitchens, and other areas near pipes, drains, or sinks are places you are likely to spot these pests. In addition, people are often startled by earwigs because they hide in bedding, folded laundry, and upholstered furniture, and when disturbed, they scurry away.

How do I get rid of earwigs?

To eliminate earwigs from your home, contact the pest professionals at Natura Pest Control. You can rest assured that earwig and other pest problems will be solved when you partner with us. We use pest control solutions that are not only effective but leave behind the smallest environmental footprint possible!

If you are looking to control pests on your Nevada property, our experts at Natura Pest Control are ready to help. We provide our customers with the most advanced treatments possible, ensuring we leave nothing behind but a pest-free home or business. Call today to learn more!

How can I prevent earwigs in the future?

Preventing earwigs and other pests can be difficult. They will take advantage of any openings they find to get into our structures. The best way to prevent problems with earwigs is to partner with a professional, implement routine pest control services, and eliminate the things from your property that attract them:

  • Repair cracks and openings in the foundation and exterior walls of your home that earwigs can squeeze through.
  • Keep the soil around your home's perimeter as dry as possible by making sure gutters are working correctly, thinning out dense landscaping, and replacing water-absorbing wood mulch with non-organic material.
  • Take away hiding spots for earwigs near your home by removing fallen trees, woodpiles, and landscaping ties, and storing trash cans and recycling bins up off the ground.
  • Use dehumidifiers to keep basements free of excess moisture, ventilate crawlspaces, and repair leaky pipes.

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