How To Prevent And Control Earwigs In And Around Your Pensacola Home

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Finding earwigs in and around your home can be disturbing. These insects have a menacing appearance that would make anyone uncomfortable and are often present in large quantities. Whether you are having trouble getting rid of earwigs or looking for ways to prevent another invasion, this article is for you.

We’ll start by describing earwigs so you can identify these pests at a glance. We’ll also provide tips for keeping them out of the house and explain how to prevent earwigs from damaging your garden. Read on to learn more about controlling and preventing these insects and when to contact an earwig exterminator near you with the pros from EnviroGuard.

Earwig Identification Guide

There are more than 20 species of earwigs in the U.S., but each shares similar characteristics. Generally, these insects are between 1/4 to 1 1/4 inches long and have a flat body shape that allows them to squeeze into small cracks and crevices. Their coloring is usually brown to black; some have yellowish stripes or a reddish color on their body, head, and legs.

The most easily recognized feature of the insects is the large pincher appendages that stick out of their hind end like a tail. Earwig wings are leathery, and some species have a second set that folds under the first pair. If you see large numbers of these pests in and around your home, contact EnviroGuard for assistance in eliminating them.

Tips To Prevent Earwigs From Entering Your Home

Earwigs will enter homes if the conditions outside become unfavorable, usually during long periods of high heat or drought. They typically go to moist areas inside, like the bathroom, laundry room, or kitchen. Here are some tips to help prevent earwigs in the house:

  • Inspect the exterior of your home and foundation for cracks and crevices, and seal them using silicone caulk.
  • Check that the weatherstripping around doors and windows is intact, and make repairs wherever necessary.
  • Repair moisture problems like leaking pipes or dripping faucets.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation in the crawl space and attic, or install a dehumidifier.

The experts at EnviroGuard are here to help you eliminate your earwig infestation and prevent future invasions. Contact us today to learn more about our home pest control services or to schedule a free inspection.

Tips To Prevent Earwig Damage In Your Garden

Earwigs are omnivores, and while they can help keep other insect populations in check, they can also cause damage to your plants. Annual flowers, seedling vegetables, and soft fruits like apricots and berries are the most likely places you’ll find earwig damage. The following list provides tips to prevent earwigs in the garden:

  • Eliminate refuge sites in the yard, including piles of debris, leaves, ivy, and weeds.
  • Regularly remove weeds and brush from the base of fruit trees, keep them pruned, and remove fruit as soon as it ripens.
  • Keep outdoor lights off at night, or install sodium vapor bulbs that are less attractive to insects.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.

If earwigs continue to be a problem on your property, the pros at EnviroGuard are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our earwig control services or to request a free quote.

Call Us For Total Earwig Control

EnviroGuard’s service professionals understand what it takes to eliminate and keep these pests out. Call today to learn more about our earwig removal services or schedule a free inspection and keep these nuisance pests out of your garden and home.