Summer Months…Where are these Earwigs coming from??

earwig controlEarwigs have a particularly aggressive appearance. Their pincers make for a fairly menacing first impression. Even though they don’t directly pose a threat to humans, you definitely don’t want them roaming free or having an out of control population around your home.  And here are some important things you should know about earwigs and earwig control!

What they look like…

Their size depends on the species, but they usually vary from 5-25 mm. These slender insects have two pairs of wings, two antennae, six legs, and membranous wings. They’re usually dark brown, black or  yellow in color. Their bodies are long and flat, divided into three sections. Some species produce the yellow-brown smelling liquid that they use for defense. That defense technique is another reason that you don’t want them in your home.  The excretion can produce staining on upholstered couches and fabric finishes.

How they act…

Earwigs are attracted to dark and moist places habitats. These pests are attracted to light, so you can find them on porches and patios on summer evenings. An earwig comes to the world as one of 30 to 50 eggs that hatch within two weeks. Females are capable of producing one to two litters per year. After hatching, earwigs develop in a series of five stages and the mother actually guards the eggs.

Earwig Diet…

Earwigs are omnivores and they tend to eat at night. They eat plant matter like leaves, flowers, fruit, and mold, and they also don’t mind if their dinner is alive. They are able to chew, so they can eat other insects.

How do you know you have an infestation…

Earwigs are pests since they can invade your property easily. Also, they reproduce really fast, so they can present a problem. Homeowners often find them in areas where there is water like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms, but they can infest many different areas in a home. Common entry points are  include access doors, foundation vents and the gaps between foundations and sidings. Earwigs may also intentionally enter a home when they are attracted by lights. When you start to notice them in large numbers inside and outside, that means that they’ve managed to spread all over your household. Since earwig control requires knowledge, you should contact a professional to deal with these pests.

How do you get rid of them…

One of the most important things to do for prevention is to eliminate their hiding places like decorative stone, logs, dead leaves, and the other organic matter. Trim trees and shrubs that cause shady areas near your house. You’ll also need to adjust your outdoor light to shine from the yard onto the house. Another solution is to replace white bulbs with yellow since white light is more attractive to all insects. To prevent them from entering your home, seal all cracks and holes.

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