Earwigs are small pests that have an extended history of folklore surrounding them. Despite the long-held belief by some, earwigs do not crawl into your ears and lay eggs while you sleep. Earwigs are, however, a nuisance and are unwelcome inside your home or business. To protect your New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland or Delaware home or business from earwigs, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
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What are Earwigs?
Pest control experts at Viking Pest explain earwigs are small insects that enter your home in search of a damp place to hide. These pests prefer to stay hidden and do not typically move into the open unless their hiding place is disturbed. The fact that these pests prefer to stay hidden means that effective earwig extermination requires the help of a pest control expert, like Viking Pest.
Earwigs in your NJ, PA, MD, or DE home or business come out at night in search of food and often feed on decaying vegetation, mold, and other insects. Earwigs have pincers protruding from their abdomen which makes them look like a serious threat. These pests do not typically use their pincers to harm humans but their threatening look can cause alarm if you discover earwigs in your home or business.
How Do I Identify Earwigs?
Viking Pest’s certified entomologist, Craig, explains earwigs are long, narrow pests that range in length from 1/4 to 1 inch. Earwigs are typically brown, have six legs, antennae, and pincers that protrude from the back of their abdomen.
How Do I Get Earwigs?
Earwigs prefer damp areas that provide cover. If you have areas in your home or business that are damp and cluttered you may be inadvertently providing earwigs with a comfortable place to stay. Effective earwig control involves addressing areas inside your home that may provide them with protection and eliminating access points. These small pests can get into your home through tiny cracks and gaps around windows, doors, vents, or the foundation, explain local exterminators at Viking Pest.
What are the Effects of Earwigs In and Around My Home or Business?
Earwigs can look frightening and cause distress because of their pincers but they do not pose a threat to humans or pets. Earwigs, however, are unsightly and a nuisance to have in your home or business.
Earwigs can live for up to a year in an environment where they have the food and shelter that they need, so once you see them, you need to get treatment, explain the pest control professionals at Viking Pest. Professional earwig treatment can help you eliminate this bothersome pest from your home or business. Earwig prevention efforts will keep them from returning.
How Do I Prevent Earwigs?
Earwig prevention for your New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland or Delaware home or business starts with eliminating areas where moisture builds up, sealing cracks or openings around your home or business, and by bringing in a pest control expert, like Viking Pest for preventative treatment.