We’ve all heard it: Earwigs get their name from crawling through people’s ears and into their brains. Number 1: that is a myth. Number 2: that myth is all the more reason to steer clear of these pesky buggers!
Earwigs are creepy, crawly, skittish creatures. You can find them in cool, damp or wet areas, most often near decaying vegetation – their preferred food source.
As with any pest, it is best to prevent earwigs from entering a premise rather than waiting until the infestation requires extensive control. But before you can take proper precautions, you will first need to identify and understand the creature. First and foremost, earwigs tend to live and reproduce outdoors in moist or wet areas, typically where there is an abundance of decaying vegetation. That means any build up of leaves or other dead vegetation can lead to a an unwanted earwig problem. But don’t let this fact fool you – while a lot of decaying vegetation occurs during autumn with the falling of leaves, it can still present an issue during the warmer months of summer. We’ve had a pretty wet spring/summer — hint, hint.
Before acting on getting rid of any pest, it’s important to be able to properly identify it. Earwigs are easily identifiable by most, due to their pincers that extend from the abdomen. This feature not only makes them look a little scarier – but is also a telltale characteristic of an earwig, so you can be sure of what you’re dealing with.
Contacting Aerex is the best way to take care of an existing pest issue, but there are also preventative measures you can follow. Removing moisture and decaying vegetation will make areas less accommodating for earwigs and will reduce their numbers. Additionally, pay attention to overwatered plants near the foundation of a home or building, especially after heavy rainfall.
If you have ever experienced an infestation of earwigs in your home, office or commercial building, you know that the best way to solve the problem is by contacting a professional pest control company. Aerex Pest Control specializes in pest removal and has a team of experienced technicians to resolve the problem safely, while using innovative and proven techniques.