Keeping Pincher Bugs Away from your Home
Also known as “pincher bugs” because of the pincher-shaped spines on their back-ends, earwigs certainly look a lot more intimidating than they typically are. Earwigs are not venomous, not aggressive, and aren’t even known for spreading disease and illnesses like flies, fleas, or ticks. While most species of earwigs do have a pair of leathery wings, the majority don’t fly either. These pests are commonly found in most gardens, as many species feed on decaying matter, live sprouts, and (rarely) some smaller insects. However, they do often find their way into homes in search of cool, damp areas, and often thrive under sinks, in cabinets, and in bathrooms where moisture might be found.
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How to Eliminate Earwigs
The easiest and most effective way to get rid of earwigs is to eliminate their hiding places. During the early morning hours, earwigs can often be found beneath cushions and other things that have been left outside overnight. Earwigs are typically in search of cover and protection, and they are frequently drawn to damp or moist areas like puddles on patios and standing water that may have been left behind by dew or sprinklers. Yards with heavy-used irrigation systems will often have larger populations of earwigs, as well as yards with larger gardens or extensive amounts of flower and plant life.
The secret to keeping earwigs out of your home is simple: get rid of the features that attract them and they’ll disappear on their own. Earwigs are drawn first and foremost to moisture, and that means standing water or areas that are frequently wet will often see increased earwig populations. Lawns that are frequently watered or that have extra-wet soil will also have this issue. Second, earwigs are constantly searching for some form of cover. If you head out to your patio in the morning and move something that was left there overnight, you’ll probably find at least a couple of earwigs hiding beneath it. This is particularly true for anything that may have been left in an area that’s lit.
Professional Preventive Measures For Earwigs
The easiest and most effective way to keep earwigs out of your home is to place a protective barrier around your home’s exterior. At Ridd Pest Control, we utilize the latest and greatest in eco-friendly barrier products to keep earwigs and plenty of other pests away. We find where these bugs get into your home and use our state-of-the-art tools and techniques to apply a treatment product that eliminates these bugs before they can get inside. You’ll enjoy a safer, cleaner, and less stressful home when you aren’t being frequently surprised by the appearance of an earwig or other unexpected pest.
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Protect Your Home With These Effective Earwig Prevention Tips
Don't wait until you have a full-blown earwig infestation to take action. By implementing some preventive measures, you can keep your home earwig-free and avoid the hassle and frustration they can cause.
Here are some tips to help you keep those pincher bugs away:
- Eliminate moisture: Earwigs are attracted to damp areas, so fix any leaks or plumbing issues in and around your home. Ensure proper drainage and keep your gutters clean to prevent water buildup.
- Seal cracks and crevices: Earwigs can enter your home through small openings, so seal any cracks or gaps in your foundation, windows, doors, and walls. Use caulk or weatherstripping to block their entry points.
- Remove hiding spots: Keep your yard and garden tidy by removing debris, leaf piles, and excessive mulch. Trim back vegetation and shrubs that provide hiding spots for earwigs.
- Minimize outdoor lighting: Earwigs are attracted to light, so consider using yellow or sodium vapor bulbs for outdoor lighting, as they are less attractive to these pests.
- Keep your home clean: Regularly vacuum and sweep your floors, paying special attention to dark and damp areas such as basements, bathrooms, and kitchens. This will help eliminate any potential food sources for earwigs.
- Use natural repellents: Certain plants, such as lavender, mint, and marigolds, are known to repel earwigs. Plant them around your home and garden to deter these pests.
By following these preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the chances of an earwig infestation and enjoy a pest-free home. However, if you already have an earwig problem, it's best to leave the treatment to the professionals. Contact Ridd Pest Control today for effective and long-lasting solutions to eliminate earwigs from your property.
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