If you live in Pittsburgh, now is the time to start thinking about earwigs. When the temperatures drop, European and red-legged earwigs can invade Pittsburgh homes by the hundreds, and even thousands. Your goal should be to seal things up and make your home less attractive to earwigs before that happens.
Seal Things Up
If earwigs get the notion that your home would be a good place to hide from the cold, you want them to find it hard to get into. Here are 4 ways to seal things up.
Do a close inspection of your foundation walls. If you see any cracks, gaps, or holes use a sealant or caulking gun to fill in those areas.
Use that caulking gun to fill in around basement windows, pipes and other objects in your exterior walls.
Examine all your door sweeps to make sure they have a good seal. It is easy for earwigs to crawl under these.
Earwigs can also slip past the weather stripping on your sliding doors. Look closely to be sure all your bristles are in good working condition. It doesn't take much of a gap for these tiny pests to get through.
Make Your Home Less Attractive To Earwigs
These are moisture seeking pests. Here are some things you can change on the inside and outside of your home to resist them.
Get rid of leaf cover near your home. Earwigs love to hide under this.
If you have mulch next to your foundation walls, make sure it is 2 feet from your walls.
Check to make sure your gutter system works properly. You want to avoid water or moisture building up next to your home.
If earwigs find a way in, you want to make sure they don't find it moist and humid inside. Use a dehumidifier in your basement to keep things dry down there.
Complete protection from invading earwigs requires an education in entomology and advanced pest control measures. If you want to know for sure that your defenses are impenetrable, Witt can assist you with your pre-fall pest preparation. Our team of highly skilled pest management professionals are trained in surveillance, baiting programs, and all exclusion methods. And, remember that when you have the experts here at Witt keep earwigs out of your home, you're making your home more resistant to many other pests that invade homes when the temperatures drop.
Can you live with earwigs in your home? Yes. But it is much nicer to keep them out. Get your fall pest preparation in place with a little help from the friendly professionals here at Witt. We're Pittsburgh's oldest and most advanced pest control company. Find out why more than 3,000 homeowners in Pittsburgh trust our team to keep them safe.