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What Is An Earwig?

While most people are familiar with the fly, beetle, ant, roach, bee, and termite, they have never of the earwig. This small insect is a member of the Dermaptera family, which is notorious for its spiky appendages “cerci,” located on the abdomen. The insect utilizes its curvature cerci for protection and copulation. The male cerci have a slightly larger curvature than the female cerci, but both measure nearly 1/3 the size of the body. Earwig species are both wingless and winged, with the latter having two sets of wings that are described as “membranous” and “leathery.” Even the winged earwig species rarely utilize their flying capabilities. The reddish/brown body is about three-quarters of an inch in length, with the exception of the Saint Helena giant earwig. This is the longest (three inches in length) earwig species to be recorded in history. Scientists believe there are more than 900 members of the Dermaptera family. The insect got its name from a myth that claimed it was capable of accessing the human ear through the ear canal.

Why Is My Home Infested With Earwigs?

Earwigs are not fond of the outdoors in the cold harsh winter months. In last summer, the insect will take advantage of access points into building structures. They are drawn to damp, warm, and dark environments, where they can reproduce without interference. These nocturnal insects spend their nights foraging for food, reproducing, and searching for suitable shelters. They are commonly found near plumbing fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom, crawlspaces, and basements. The diet consists of small arthropods like fleas and mites. Infested homes are more vulnerable than pest-free homes.

Do Earwigs Pose A Health Risk To Humans And Animals?

There is no evidence that supports the earwig as a disease-ridden insect. In fact, experts believe the earwig is more of a nuisance than a health threat to humans or animals. The earwig is not venomous, so their pinch does not pose any health risk. However, the insect is notorious for utilizing its cerci to destruct common indoor and outdoor plants.

How To Eradicate An Earwig Infestation?

Eradicating an earwig infestation requires an in-depth pest control strategy. Since these insects are nocturnal, they are extremely difficult to detect. They enter homes and other building structures through lighted entrances, such as cracks and crevices around windows, doors, plumbing pipes, and electrical wiring. They prefer lighting sources, such as mercury vapor and neon. By transitioning to sodium vapor lighting with a yellow tint and sealing off all access points, it is possible to keep earwigs in their natural habitat where they belong.

When Should I Expect The Exterminator To Arrive At My Home?

Our extermination team is always on call to assist the residents of Columbus, Ohio strategically eradicate their earwig problems. We can dispatch one of these experts out to your home within 24 to 48 hours of your initial pest control request.

Is Earwig Pesticides Harmful?

Our earwig pest control solutions consist of a combination treatment, such as pesticides and traps or insecticides and traps. We offer both chemical-based and natural earwig pesticides that are proven effective. Our pest control solutions meet or exceed the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pesticide guidelines. Our EPA-approved earwig treatments do not pose health risks to healthy people. To avoid these same risks when dealing with immunocompromised clients, the home must be vacated for several prior to the treatment and 24 hours following the treatment.

Is It Possible To Prevent Future Earwig Infestations?

A pest infestation can take its toll on all involved parties. And, earwig infestations are no different. In fact, some victims claim these are the worst type of pest infestation because they are extremely difficult to detect in the early infestation stages. It is such a relief to hear the words “pest-free” come out of the exterminator’s mouth. But, the fear of a future earwig infestation still lingers months on down the road. We suggest rebuilding the pest barrier around the perimeter of your home. This process begins with a waterproof sealant that is utilized to close off all potential access points. These are generally tiny cracks and crevices around doors and windows. However, insects can access your home through large openings, such as plumbing pipes and electrical wiring pathways.

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