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The dreaded earwigs, we have all heard the horror stories connected with them. But, contrary to popular legend, they do not climb into ears and lay eggs in brains. That is just not true.

You can quickly recognize an earwig due to their pincers that protrude from their flexible abdomens. They look very menacing and can be intimidating to anyone that comes into contact with them. Now, these pincers aren’t made to hurt people, but rather to ward off predators, catch prey and play a role in mating rituals. They rarely bite, however, if they do they can cause a little pinch. To fully identify an earwig you will note that they are pale brown to reddish brown with 6 legs. Adult earwigs are about 1/4” - 1” in length and their bodies are fairly flat. Besides the pincers in the back, they also have antennae in the front.

Now, what are earwigs looking for? These scary little insects want a comfortable environment that is out of the weather. They will move inside when the weather gets cooler, find a wet basement or another moist area indoors and take up residence for the winter months. They are attracted to light and will crawl around looking for tiny crevices, holes or gaps that create an entryway into your humble abode, and they don't’ need much room to crawl through since they are somewhat flat. They can also overwinter outdoors in the soil, but their preference would be inside a nice warm home. Whether they are indoors or outdoors, they are feeding on dead plants and insects and the females are laying eggs and tending to their young. In other words, they are growing their population, which means an annoying infestation in your home and yard. And, nobody wants a bunch of earwigs scurrying around day and night, so it is important to enlist the help of a professional pest management service to eradicate these little “pincer” bugs and keep them away for good.

In the meantime, to keep earwigs from invading your home and property you can remove unnecessary mulch, debris, and rocks from around your home where earwigs like to hide. You can eliminate moisture from your property to discourage them from being wanting to call your property home. You can also inspect your home for entry points, and use a sealant to close off any cracks, crevices, and holes to keep the earwigs out.

Then your best bet is to contact the Pittsburgh pest control professionals at Witt Pest Management. We can evaluate homes and businesses that are experiencing earwig infestations and come up with a treatment option that is best for you. Of course, year-round pest management is the best way to get rid of pests and keep them away for good. At Witt Pest Management, we want to your home and property to be pest-free!

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