Most people have experienced the telltale sign of earwigs in their homes: those speedy bugs with intimidating pincers on their tails. Despite the eerie appearance, earwigs are actually harmless to humans and pets.
However, they do love to snack on plants, fruits, and vegetables, which can cause significant damage to your garden and crops.
If you’re struggling with an earwig infestation in your home or yard, don’t worry! There are simple and effective solutions to keep these pesky insects at bay. In this blog post, we will cover everything you need to know about earwigs and how to control them.
Earwigs, also known as pincher bugs, have been around for millions of years and are found in every continent except Antarctica. They prefer humid and damp environments such as under decaying wood, leaves, and rocks. Although they are mostly active at night, earwigs are attracted to light and can make their way into your home through small cracks and crevices. The good news is that earwigs are not dangerous to humans or pets, and they mostly feed on plants, fruits, and vegetables. However, their presence in your garden or home can be alarming and frustrating.
Identifying Earwig Infestation
The first step in controlling earwigs is to confirm their presence. Look for signs such as small holes or notches in leaves, flowers, or fruits. Check for earwigs under garden debris or damp areas around your home, such as under patios, drain spouts, or gutters. You might also see them scurrying around the corners of your home or under piles of firewood. Once you’ve confirmed the infestation, it’s time to take action.
Natural and Chemical Solutions
There are various natural and chemical solutions to control earwigs, depending on the severity of the infestation and personal preference. Some natural solutions include using diatomaceous earth, which is a powder that dries out and kills the bugs; creating homemade traps using oil, soy sauce, or beer; or using beneficial insects such as centipedes, spiders, or ground beetles to feed on earwigs.
On the other hand, chemical solutions involve using insecticides and pesticides, which can be harmful to the environment and other beneficial insects. If using chemicals, always read the label instructions carefully and wear protective gear.
Preventing an earwig infestation is the most effective way to control them. Keep your garden and yard clean and free of debris, such as leaves, wood, or rocks that can attract earwigs. Use mulch made from cedar or pine as it repels insects. Seal any cracks or crevices in your home’s foundation, walls, or doors as earwigs can sneak in during the night. Replace outdoor lights with yellow bulbs as they are less attractive to earwigs than white or blue lights. Finally, keep your gutters clean and dry to avoid the damp conditions that earwigs love.
When to Call a Professional
If you’re dealing with a severe earwig infestation that doesn’t respond to natural or chemical solutions, it might be time to call a pest control professional. Pest control professionals use effective and safe methods to remove the infestation and prevent future occurrences. They can also advise on preventive measures to avoid future infestations.
Earwigs might seem creepy, but they are mostly harmless to humans and pets. However, their presence in your garden or home can cause significant damage to your plants and crops. To control earwigs, you should identify and confirm the infestation, choose natural or chemical solutions, and prevent future infestations by cleaning your yard and sealing your home. If all else fails, call a pest control professional for effective and safe solutions. With these simple tips, you can bid goodbye to earwigs and enjoy a peaceful and pest-free home and garden.
If you’re dealing with a severe earwig infestation that is difficult to control, EcoGen Pest Control can help. Our experienced professionals use proven, safe methods to remove the infestation and prevent future occurrences. Get in touch with us today to keep your home and garden earwig-free.