New Jersey Earwig Control
Did you know there are over 20 species of earwigs in North America? This pest is typically a scavenger insect, feeding on other bugs and decaying plant material. Unfortunately, earwigs are also known to feed on lettuce, flowers, and other garden and greenhouse plants.
To protect your New Jersey 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 New Jersey
If you’ve been wondering, what are earwigs and what’s the best way to get rid of earwigs in NJ, you’ve come to the right place! New Jersey pest control experts at Viking Pest explain earwigs, also known as pincher bugs, are most active in late spring and early summer when they lay their eggs. In the fall they start looking for a place to construct an underground nest and wait out the winter.
Viking Pest’s certified entomologist, Craig explains earwigs range in length from ¼ to 1 inch long with an elongated, flattened body varying in color from pale brown, to reddish-brown, to black. This pest has 6 legs, two pairs of wings, long threadlike antenna and pincers protruding from the back of their abdomen.
A moist, dark environment is their favorite hiding place and it’s not uncommon to find earwigs under boards, in and among rocks and loose dirt and beneath decaying mulch and leaf litter explains the NJ exterminators at Viking Pest. This is why it’s so important to do a thorough fall cleaning taking care to clean out clogged gutters and rake up any fallen leaves and other plant debris around your home or business.
Earwigs Create Problems for Home or Business Owners
The extermination experts at Viking Pest explain this pesky insect also finds its way into homes and businesses during periods of warm, wet weather. Earwigs are attracted to moist areas so, that’s why you’ll often find them in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. They are a nocturnal pest, resting during the day and becoming active at night.
If you are trying to remove earwigs from around your New Jersey home or business, protect your hands by wearing garden or work gloves. While this insect doesn’t bite, they do use their pincers for defense when picked up or agitated and this pinch can feel like you’ve been bitten. If any portion of the pincer breaks off in your skin, the area could become infected leading to cellulitis and other types of serious skin infections.
How to Prevent Earwigs from Entering your NJ Property
Earwig prevention is your best defense for your home or business in NJ. Walk your commercial or residential property to look for earwig hiding places such as in the foundation, walls, or cracks in windows or screens. The New Jersey pest control experts at Viking Pest recommend keeping all mulch, leaf litter, bushes, and vegetation at least 3 feet away from the foundations of your home or business.
Minor invasions of earwigs can be controlled by sweeping up or vacuuming and then disposing of the pest. To prevent a serious invasion, dry out moist areas, dispose of any damp and moldy items (a favorite earwigs snack) and clean up all large piles of debris in and around buildings.
Viking Pest Control Helps Prevent Earwigs in New Jersey
Earwigs control is easy when you call in the help of a professional pest control service. Viking is the best choice to control and prevent earwigs from invading your buildings and structures. Our use of Integrated Pest Management helps us get to the root cause of the earwigs 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 New Jersey. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!