When people think about earwigs, they tend to think about the stories of earwigs crawling into people’s ears and burrowing into their brains. While that might make for a fun scene in a science fiction movie, in real life, earwigs do no such thing. In fact, earwigs are, by and large, harmless to humans.
However, just because they don’t burrow down into your brain, it does not mean that you want them invading your Pittsburgh home. They can come by the thousands, ruin plants, and may even pinch you if threatened or handled. As such, you should take the proper precautions to prevent earwigs from coming to your home. This means knowing how to identify earwigs should they invade your property, as well as knowing the preventive measures you need to take. After all, it’s your property, not the earwigs.
What Do Earwigs Look Like?
Earwigs have flat, slender bodies that grow anywhere from ¼ of an inch to an inch long. They are usually pale brown with dark marks, reddish-brown, or black. They have two pairs of wings, thread-like antennae, and rear forceps which can be used for defense or holding prey.
Earwigs prefer moist areas as they cannot live in dry environments for long periods of time. As such, they usually infest places such as unfinished basements. Earwigs are more active at night as they tend to hide during daylight hours. Lastly, some species of earwig will eject a foul-smelling liquid if squished.
Are Earwigs Dangerous?
As previously stated, no earwigs don’t burrow down into human brains via our ears. In fact, for the most part, earwigs aren’t dangerous at all. They are considered to be what’s called a nuisance pest. However, they do tend to invade in very large numbers, sometimes in the thousands.
Moreover, some species of earwigs have been known to eat cultivated plants, vegetables, flowers, and fruits. Therefore, if you have a garden, earwigs could do quite a bit of damage.
In addition to this, some earwigs have been known to use their forceps for defense which means, if handled, they could pinch you. So, even though they may not burrow down in your brain, there are plenty of reasons you do not want earwigs in or around your Pittsburgh home.
Ways To Prevent Earwigs
When it comes to earwig prevention, there are several steps you can take to protect both the exterior and the interior of your home.
For outdoor earwig prevention, you should:
- Eliminate any unneeded mulch and plant debris from around your property.
- Remove any stones and boards from around any structures.
- Create a “low-moisture” zone around the exterior of your home.
- For indoor earwig prevention, you should:
- Seal any cracks in the foundation of your home.
- Utilize dehumidifiers in unfinished basements.
- Remove any debris from the ground in unfinished basements.
If you can accomplish these simple preventative measures, then you should be able to greatly reduce your odds of dealing with an earwig infestation.
Removing Earwig Infestations
If you have any further questions about earwig prevention, or if you find yourself dealing with a full-blown infestation, give the professionals here at Witt Pest Management a call today.
We’ll send a skilled pest management professional to evaluate your pest problem and then create a custom-tailored pest solution that suits you and your property. For earwigs, this might include surveillance, baiting programs, and exclusion.
There’s no reason you should have to deal with pest infestations on your own. Give us a call today.