The Secret To Effective Earwig Control For Peachtree City Homeowners

November 13, 2020

Over the years, civilizations have believed some seriously strange things. Medieval Britains thought evil spirits lurked in Brussel sprouts. 11th century Europe thought redheads could turn into vampires after death. In the 1500s, many people believed that California was an island. As crazy as all of these things are, nothing is more ridiculous than thinking earwigs crawled into people’s brains to lay their eggs. The only thing you have to worry about with earwigs is them causing trouble around your property. To stop these pests before problems start, use this simple prevention secret. 

earwigs crawling on a leaf

What Are Earwigs?

Earwigs, also known as pincher bugs, are small dark brown, inch long pests with yellow legs and a large pincher at their rear. More than 20 species of earwigs live here in the United States, many of which have wings, but not all can fly. However, the ones that fly aren’t great at it and typically only use their wings to glide down safely from high locations. 

Outside homes earwigs gather in large numbers under piles of leaves, lawn debris, mulch, and inside trees. During times of inclement weather or cold temperatures, earwigs will look for ways to get into homes. If you do not take the time to defend your home now, you will be likely to have problems with these pests in the future.

Problems Earwigs Cause

Although not known for crawling into people’s ears, earwigs cause several problems in and around homes. If you enjoy gardening or have decorative plants around your property, these pests will take every opportunity they can to nibble on your greenery. Thankfully this nibbling does not damage crops, but instead just leaves unsightly holes in leaves. Some of an earwig’s favorite plants to eat include roses, potatoes, beans, beets, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

At the end of the day, earwigs are more annoying than anything else. If you have ever had these pests invade your home in large numbers before, you already know how frustrating it is. This could be a good time to call in the professionals at MSI Termite & Pest Control before the numbers get even larger!

Are Earwigs Dangerous?

Earwigs are not dangerous pests. They do not carry any dangerous diseases, and they do not sting. The only threat earwigs pose is with their strong pincers. If directly interacted with or threatened, these pests might use their sharp rear appendage to defend themselves. Although rare, earwig pincers can break the skin and cause minor bleeding. 

Prevention Tips For Earwigs

Earwigs are drawn to properties by moisture, shelter, and food. The fewer attractants your yard has, the less likely earwigs will be to invade. Use these simple prevention tips to reduce your chances of dealing with these frustrating pests this fall:

  • Eliminate the clutter and organic debris from your yard.
  • Store the woodpiles at least 30 feet away from your home’s exterior.
  • Trim the tree branches and vegetation around your home so that sunlight can shine on its exterior.
  • Make sure your gutters are properly channeling water away from your home.
  • Fix the leaky piping and fixtures inside your home and around your property.
  • Seal the gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior using a caulking gun.
  • Inspect your home’s weatherstripping, door sweeps, and window and door screens and make sure they are in good working order.

How To Eliminate Earwigs

If you are having trouble with earwigs in and around your Peachtree City home, you need professional pest control. At MSI Termite & Pest Control, we use only the most advanced methods and effective treatments when handling pest problems. Don’t wait to find your freedom from annoying, dangerous, and destructive pests. Give our team a call today and find the solution you deserve. You will not regret it!

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