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for Earwigs – ProActive Pest Management

On the list of bugs, insects, and other creepy-crawlies we’d all rather not have on our properties, few are more undesirable than earwigs. Distinguished by a large set of pincers protruding from the end of their bodies, earwigs can administer a painful pinch to anyone that happens to come into close contact with them. They also emit a foul odor when threatened. For these reasons and more, earwigs are pests the nobody wants on their property. If you’ve spotted these unsightly insects on yours, call our pest control professionals here at ProActive Pest Management. We use the industry’s most effective, eco-friendly pesticides to eliminate earwig populations and prevent future infestations. Read on for more information on earwigs and our services, and contact our pest control experts now!

All About Earwigs

Earwigs are insects of the order Dermaptera. There are roughly 2,000 species of earwig across 12 families; however, only 20 or so are native to the United States. Earwigs range from 2 to 5 millimeters in length depending the species. They are dark- to light-brown in coloration. Earwigs have two small sets of wings, each with a leathery appearance. All earwig species are distinguished by a relatively large set of pincers protruding from their abdomen at the end of their bodies.

Contrary to popular old wives’ tales, earwigs do not burrow inside human ears during the night. They are not venomous, nor particularly aggressive. However, they will use their pincers in defense or to spar with other earwigs. A pinch from an earwig can be quite painful.

There are earwig species found in virtually every corner of the world. Though earwigs can live in most conditions, they prefer cooler, undisturbed areas. Earwigs typically feed on sprouts and decaying vegetation. In the right conditions, they can be serious garden pests. An earwig species are predatory, and all are nocturnal and fast-moving, which can make them difficult to spot both indoors and outdoors.

Causes of Earwig Infestations

Earwig infestations are caused by a coalesce of ideal living conditions. In cool outdoor areas with adequate ground cover, wet soil, and food, earwigs will thrive. Spraying eco-friendly insecticides can curb outdoor earwig populations.

Indoors, earwig infestations occur for a number of reasons. The first is that they are attracted to lights. Porch lights, garage lights, and even light emitted from windows can cause these bugs to congregate near buildings. If the weather gets too hot or too cold, earwigs will invade properties in search of more accommodating conditions. In these cases, they will enter through open doors, windows, or cracks and holes in roofs, walls, or building foundations. Once inside, they prefer dark, cramped areas. To keep them out, try your best not to leave any entrances open, and always plug up any holes and cracks in the exterior of your property — no matter how small.

and Prevention
ProActive Pest

Even with the best preventative methods, earwig infestations can sometimes persist. If you are facing an earwig problem on your property, our experts here at ProActive Pest Management can help. Based in Elgin, IL, we proudly provide comprehensive earwig control services to properties across Southern Illinois and surrounding regions. We use the industry’s top eco-friendly insecticides to exterminate earwigs without causing damage to the environment or our clients’ properties. Plus, we offer a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee for all of our pest control services.

To rid your property of earwigs, contact our team today!