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These small insects belong to the Dermaptera order. They’re easy to identify because they have long, smooth bodies. Look closely and you’ll see their small appendages that look like pinchers. They’re called cerci and they are used to pinch. Male earwigs tend to have longer and curvier cerci than their female counterparts. The length of the cerci can vary from nothing to a third of an inch. While some earwigs develop wings, certain species are wingless. Even when they have wings, you’ll find that these pests do not fly. These pests have dark brown or reddish-brown bodies that range from half an inch to a quarter of an inch. However, one species can grow much larger than the rest.
The Saint Helena Giant Earwig often reaches lengths over three inches. Besides the Saint Helena Giant Earwig, there are 900 more species. Most earwigs are found in areas with temperate climates. Don’t believe the myth that these pests are going to burrow into your brain to lay eggs. It won’t happy.
Why Do You Have Earwigs?
Earwigs are unique pests that prefer being inside during dry, hot weather. When the temperatures rise and the weather is muggy, earwigs are going to move indoors. They can do so by slipping through the smallest gaps. They like hiding in the dark, warm corners of your home. They will move to these spots and begin looking for small insects to eat. They often consume mites, fleas, and other arthropods. Since they’re nocturnal, they remain hidden during the day and come out to eat at night.
Earwig Health Risks
Don’t fear an earwig infestation. Although these pests are going to cause numerous problems, they’re not going to make anyone sick. They may pinch people with their cerci, but they’re not strong enough to break your skin. Plus, you can sleep soundly knowing they’re not going to inject venom into your body. The biggest problem is that earwigs are annoying, and they’ll damage your plants.
Best Earwig Removal Method
Don’t delay doing something about the earwig infestation on your property. Once they’ve invaded, begin working to resolve the problem. First, you should begin controlling the earwig population outside. If you can get rid of the earwigs around your property, you won’t have to worry about any entering your home. Also, remember that earwigs are attracted to moisture and light. Therefore, you should take time to reduce both. Deal with moisture issues and stop lights from coming through your doors and windows.
Be sure to switch your exterior lights to sodium vapor yellow lights. Earwigs aren’t attracted to these lights like they are white, mercury, and neon lights. Finally, seal gaps, holes, and crevices on your outer walls. Once you’ve sealed your outer walls, these pests won’t be able to invade your residence.
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Safest Earwig Solutions
We hope you’ll let us serve you. We’ve done our best to assemble a plan that will allow us to help our clients without exposing them to dangerous materials. For instance, we’ll do our best to resolve the problem using natural methods and products. If conventional products are needed, we’ll take additional steps to keep you safe. We’ve been using these products for many years, so we know how to use them carefully. We train our technicians to ensure they know how to use these materials too.
More importantly, our technicians are instructed to resolve earwig problems using EPA-registered products. We’re confident that our technicians can deal with the problem safely using these trusted materials.
Avoiding Earwig Infestations
Be sure to protect your home to avoid future earwig infestations. Start by sealing your outer walls. Check them thoroughly and caulk any small gaps and holes you find. Once you’ve done this, you should focus on reducing humidity levels around your home. Earwigs like moisture so you need to reduce humidity and moisture. Remember that earwigs tend to move toward lights in the middle of the night. Therefore, you need to eliminate light from spilling through your doors and windows at night. Jot down our number so you can be ready to deal with infestations when they occur.