Delaware Earwig Control
Earwigs mainly eat a diet of decaying wood, fruits, seedlings, flowers, vegetables, and even other insects. Earwigs also love mold and are commonly found in dark and damp areas such as the mulch around your flower beds or piles of fallen leaves.
To protect your 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.
How to Identify Earwigs in Delaware
Viking Pest’s certified entomologist, Craig, explains earwigs have long slender bodies, are up to 1 inch long and appear reddish-brown with six yellowish legs. Earwigs have 2 pairs of wings, and long, thin antennae. While in theory earwigs don’t bite, they do have some nasty looking pincers on the back of their abdomen.
These pincers are normally used to attract other earwigs and to help them catch their prey; however, their pincers are also used as defense mechanisms to ward off enemies such as birds or toads. Unfortunately, earwigs don’t have a way to differentiate between their natural predators and humans.
If you’ve ever discovered earwigs inside your DE home or business and tried relocating them outside, you may have fallen victim to a nasty “bite” from their pincers. Since earwigs love damp and moldy dirt, which is often filled with bacteria, if their pincer breaks the skin you could end up with a skin infection.
When are Earwigs Active in Delaware?
There’s a fine line between letting earwigs run wild eating up other unwanted garden pests, such as a summer infestation of aphids, and being overrun by an earwig invasion. While earwigs normally prefer decaying plant material, whenever there’s an overabundance of earwigs they may turn their attention to your ornamental plants or crops.
Delaware pest control experts at Viking Pest explain another problem with earwigs is once the weather turns cold, they start looking for a cozy, damp and dark space to spend the winter. Earwigs typically build an underground nest, but they also find their way inside basements through cracks in foundations, tears in window screens, and drain pipes. Earwigs may also hitch a ride inside your home or business when you bring flower pots and patio furniture indoors, explain Delaware exterminators at Viking Pest.
Viking Pest Control Helps Prevent Earwigs in DE
Earwigs create problems for home or business owners in Delaware. To help prevent earwigs from gaining indoor access, the Delaware pest control professionals at Viking Pest recommend cleaning all gutters and downspouts in the fall and try to keep all mulch and fallen leaves cleared away from building foundations. If you’ve discovered an earwig invasion in or around your Delaware home or business, call in the pest control experts at Viking Pest.
Viking Pest offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent earwigs from invading your home or business in Delaware. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!