What are earwigs?
The first thing you need to learn about earwigs is that the tall tale commonly spread about them is completely untrue. Earwigs do not crawl into people's ears and then into our brains to lay their eggs. Earwigs actually lay their eggs in areas of damp soil.
Earwigs are garden pests whose unique appearance makes them quite easy to identify. They have flat, elongated bodies, and adults grow to about an inch in length. They are dark black or reddish-brown. Their most identifying feature is a pair of pincers extending from the backend of their body and long antennae. These insects do have wings but aren't known to fly. Earwigs are pests that mainly live outdoors but occasionally make their homes inside our Michigan houses; our team of Warren pest control experts can easily remove these pests from your home.
Are earwigs dangerous?
Earwigs are not dangerous to people. They want nothing to do with us and have no reason to seek us out. Their pincers often intimidate people, but they are only strong enough to harm other insects.
Earwigs have high moisture needs, so excess moisture is likely attracting them if these insects are present. If you are finding earwigs in your home, other insects can and will use the same entrances into your house that they are using.
Why do I have an earwig problem?
Earwigs become a problem in our yards if they provide appropriate living conditions. Earwigs are attracted to areas of moisture and live in damp soil found in gardens, flowerbeds, and mulch. They also congregate under things like landscaping ties, brush piles, leaf piles, and woodpiles.
When earwigs are near our homes, it is easy for them to move indoors during extreme weather conditions. Hot, dry weather is most likely to drive earwigs indoors.
Where will I find earwigs?
Earwigs move into our homes at ground-level, moving indoors through spaces in the foundation, gaps under basement doors, and spaces around drains and vents.
Once inside, they will search for areas in your home that provide them with sources of moisture and are dark and quiet. Kitchens, bathrooms, and basements offer earwigs ample hiding spots.
Some of the earwig's favorite spots to gather in our homes include cardboard boxes, areas under sinks, spaces behind bathtubs, gaps behind baseboards, and wall voids near water pipes.
How do I get rid of earwigs?
Earwigs are unsightly pests that do not belong in our Michigan homes. If you are experiencing problems with earwigs or other household pests in Macomb County, reach out to us at Maple Lane Pest Control.
We are a family-owned and operated company dedicated to keeping household pests from taking over properties in Macomb County. With over 40 years of experience in the pest control industry, you can trust us to provide you with the most effective home pest control and commercial exterminator services in Warren. We know that pest control isn't a one fits all business and will work with you to ensure we meet the needs of your unique property.
For help getting rid of earwigs from your home, give us a call today!
How can I prevent earwigs in the future?
Partnering with a professional is your best bet to prevent earwigs and other household pests from taking over your property. Professionals can provide the routine services necessary to stop earwigs before they have the chance to multiply.
In addition to professional pest control, doing the following things will make your property less attractive to earwigs:
- Instead of using mulch that retains moisture, use a non-organic material that doesn't retain water.
- Rake back mulch, leaves, and other debris from your foundation.
- Make sure gutters are directing rainwater away from the outside of your home.
- Reduce the moisture in your house by using dehumidifiers and air conditioners.
- Make sure kitchens and bathrooms are properly ventilated.
- Repair spaces in your foundation that provide earwigs with entry points.
- Make certain basement doors have door sweeps.
- Ground windows should have weatherstripping around them.