Are earwigs a problem for you? Do you find them under all the pillows of your outside furniture? Do you see them in your basement? Or is it worse than this? Do find them all over you house during the spring? While earwigs aren't a danger to have around, they are a pain. They climb into things you don't want them to climb into. They creep you out when you want to just relax and enjoy your yard. And, if you're like most people, there is always the thought in the back of your mind, "Are they going to crawl on me while I'm sleeping?" We get it. Earwigs are a nuisance. Here are some ideas that may help you with this spring pest.
Earwigs love moisture. Whether that moisture is outside of your home, or inside, it will create the condition for earwigs to be happy. And no one needs happy earwigs on their property--or inside it either.
Inside your home, you may want to consider installing fans in rooms that get humid or moist. Fans are great for moving air around. And, when air circulates it dries things out. Ask anyone who likes to use their bathroom mirror after taking a hot shower, a fan is very helpful for keeping the mirror fog to a minimum.
Any room can benefit from fans. Moist, damp rooms are chilly when it is too cold, and muggy when it is too hot. That is why people in Arizona are known for saying, "Yeah, but it is a dry heat." When you install fans, it will go a long way toward making your humid rooms more enjoyable for you and less enjoyable for earwigs.
If you have a space that fans can't fix, you can also consider a dehumidifier. This is a great idea for a moist cellar or unfinished basement area.
Before those earwigs get into your home, they come into your yard. Reducing moisture in the soil around your home, raking up leaf litter, getting rid of weeds, and keeping your lawn cut will help to make your yard less welcoming to these pests.
If earwigs do get up close to your walls, it is important that they find no entry points. Do a detailed inspection of your exterior walls and seal any gaps, holes, or cracks you find.
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