Seven Handy Earwig Prevention Tips For Queen Creek Property Owners
February 26, 2021
As technology evolves, we have access to more information than ever. Sometimes, this means that many of our favorite myths and legends fall by the wayside in the new light of information. Earwigs, for instance, earned their name from the old wives’ tale that stated they would burrow into their victims’ brains through the ear canal, using their large claw to tunnel themselves in and drive their new host insane. Fortunately, science has proven this to be false, but earwigs can still be a nuisance on your Queen Creek property in a variety of ways.
These intimidating-looking pests are about an inch long at the most, featuring long black/brown bodies and lightly colored appendages. What makes them so frightening is the thick pinching apparatus that stems from their abdomen, resembling a single lobster claw. All earwigs have wings, but most of them don’t fly unless it’s in very short bursts. However, they can crawl along the ground very quickly.
You’re most likely to find them in your garden since vegetation is their favorite food. However, they’re quite fearful of the sun, so they spend most of their day hiding in moist, shady areas. As they search for places to hide, they could accidentally find their way into your house through any cracks and crevices in the foundation. Once they’re in, they’ll congregate in areas of moisture buildup and humidity, which is why you’re likely to find them in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
One of the main problems with earwigs is their pack mentality. Since they usually live together in your lawn or garden areas, they can have an adverse effect on many of your plants. However, apart from putting your garden at risk and gathering in your home in large numbers, they’re relatively harmless. They have never been linked to disease transmission, and they generally avoid human interaction. While they can pinch humans with their rear-claw, they rarely even break the skin.
Quick Prevention Tips
Since earwigs are attracted to the moist areas in your yard and home, many of the best ways to prevent these pests involve moisture control. You can limit moisture buildup around your property by:
Using a dehumidifier where necessary
Monitoring pipes for leaks
Expelling rainwater away from the home with downspouts
Mowing the lawn regularly to prevent uneven moisture flow
While these methods can help, moisture control is only half the battle. You’ll also want to address a variety of other situations on your property:
Sealing up cracks and crevices with extra caulking
Trimming trees and shrubs to limit damp spots caused by shade
Picking up clutter in the yard to reduce hiding spots
Unfortunately, many homeowners check off all of the boxes on this list and still wind up with an earwig infestation.
And who do they turn to for help? The Internet, of course. While there are a variety of helpful prevention tips out there, any solutions that promise to get rid of earwigs in your home with household items or store-bought sprays cannot be trusted.
Keeping The Earwigs Out
Fortunately for you, All Clear Pest Control has the solutions you can trust. Our professional pest technicians know what to look for on your property that could be attracting earwigs or allowing them easy access to your home. Furthermore, we’ve got the professional treatments to get rid of them completely and keep them out for good. If you notice earwigs in your yard or home, you shouldn’t wait until the infestation becomes unmanageable. Contact All Clear Pest Control for the earwig assistance you can count on.