Maryland Earwig Control
Earwigs are nocturnal insects and prefer to hide in dark, damp and moldy areas. They are often found lurking underneath fallen trees, in woodpiles and even inside basements.
To protect your home or business from earwigs in Maryland, 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 Maryland
The pest control experts at Viking Pest explain the characteristics of earwigs to properly identify them in your Maryland home or business.
Adult earwigs are about 1/4 to one inch long
Earwigs are typically a dark, reddish-brown
Like all insects, earwigs have six legs
Earwigs have a long, threadlike antenna
Earwigs have two pairs of wings
Earwigs main identifying feature is a pair of pincers, which they use to catch prey or attract a mate, these pincers are located on the back of their abdomen. They also use their pincers for defensive purposes when disturbed by predators such as toads, birds, lizards or even humans.
While this “bite” may seem harmless at first, if the earwig’s pincers break the skin you could end up with a skin infection like cellulitis. In extreme cases the infection could become septic, requiring help from a medical professional.
When are Earwigs Active in Maryland?
The MD pest control experts at Viking Pest explain earwigs are most active outdoors during the spring and summer where they’re typically found living under rocks, in the mulch around flower beds and even underneath outdoor furniture cushions around your home or business. During colder months they look for a place to overwinter such as a damp basement. Earwigs gain access to buildings and structures by crawling through drains, under doors, and through cracks or holes in siding and windows. Earwigs are also found living under and around planters and containers and when you bring your patio plants in for the winter.
Earwigs Create Problems for Home or Business Owners in Maryland
While earwigs tend to feed on decaying plant material and other insects such as aphids and army worms, when their numbers get out of control, they’ll even start eating living plant material. This means your vegetable garden, commercial greenhouse flowers, or landscaping are also a potential earwig food source.
The MD pest control experts at Viking Pest recommend keeping a 3-foot wide perimeter around all buildings and structures cleared of leaf litter, mulch, and fallen tree limbs and branches. In the fall, it’s a good habit to clean all gutters, downspouts, and foundations to clear out any potential earwig nesting spots.
Viking Pest Control Helps Prevent Earwigs in MD
If you’re wondering how to get rid of earwigs in Maryland, an Integrated Pest Management company, like Viking Pest, will get to the root cause of this pest to stop them at the source.
Viking Pest offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent earwigs from invading your home or business in Maryland. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!