Earwigs are one of the weirdest-looking pests you can find in your home. With their elongated bodies, six legs, and large pincers in the back, they look more like an alien life form than something you can find in abundance in your backyard. Good news! They are mostly harmless to humans. Nonetheless, they are a nuisance to deal with, and no one wants to share their home with large numbers of these insects. Earwig prevention in the home is possible! Following are some tips to keep ’em out.
First, let’s clear up the most common misconception. Earwigs do NOT climb into your ear or find that a desirable place to nest. Whew, glad we got that out of the way. You can rest easy knowing that earwigs are not searching you out while you sleep.
Earwigs are a common insect, often found outside, that will enter your home given the opportunity. They are especially known to come inside when the weather starts to cool. Earwigs are attracted to both moisture and light. So, the first prevention measures involve checking the property right outside your home. Taking the necessary earwig prevention steps outside is your first line of defense. These include:
- Reducing moisture around the home by trimming back bushes or trees
- Switching white outdoor lights for yellow, insect-repelling lights
- Placing a barrier (stones or rocks work well) between your home foundation and soil or grass
- Making sure your gutters are working as they should, so they direct excess water away from your home
If earwigs make their way inside, they will seek out spots of moisture and humidity. Inspect possible problem areas like bathrooms, crawl spaces, and underneath sinks to make sure they are properly ventilated. Installing dehumidifiers inside can also help.
Is there a way for you to get rid of earwigs if they have already made an appearance in or around your home? YES! At Get Lost Pest Control, we use a two-step procedure to kill earwigs that will last you up to 3 months. We will inspect your property and also use a product that will kill earwigs outside, before they even get the chance to enter your home. We are here to help you with your Idaho earwig prevention! Call us today.