While not dangerous, earwigs are a nuisance for Florida homeowners.
Fast and effective earwig pest control can help mitigate the situation and prevent it from returning.
You may have heard of earwigs from old tales of the critters finding their way into your ears as you sleep. Luckily, this isn’t the case, but the species can be frightening due to their pincers and some breeds’ ability to fly. While not super dangerous to humans or structures, earwigs are indeed a nuisance. Six different families of earwigs call Florida their home. Each has distinctive characteristics, but in general, it’s fairly easy to determine if you’ve got an earwig in your home.
Defining Characteristics of an Earwig
Earwigs have a characteristically elongated and flat appearance, with adults ranging from .25-1inch in length. Some varieties have wings, but all have six legs and a super-thin antenna. In terms of color, you can find brown, red, or even black earwigs. The insects aren’t poisonous, but they do release pheromones and congregate in large groups.
Their most distinctive (and most terrifying) feature is the pincers located just on the back of the abdomen. These are mostly used to defend themselves and fight others in the group. Earwigs rarely bite humans, but it isn’t unheard of for these pincers to latch onto human skin. Luckily, they don’t tend to carry or transmit diseases, but you may be left with a small welt if pinched.
Preventing Earwigs in your Home
There are several steps you can take as homeowners to help prevent these pests from entering. The most important action you can take is to identify and fill any noticeable cracks around your home. This includes cracks in the foundation, around window frames and doors, and the areas around vents.
Also, earwigs are known to love areas with dirt, leaves, or other debris as well as high-humidity spaces. Unfinished basements must be kept clean from debris and using a dehumidifier is recommended to eliminate moisture from the air.
Don’t just focus on the interior of your home. Eliminating appealing areas for these bugs around the perimeter of the house can also help prevent them from finding their way inside. This includes trimming branches and shrubs that may create dark areas of dampness near your home. Also, if you’ve got firewood on-site, store it far from your home’s foundation. Lastly, earwigs often feed on decaying vegetation, so keeping the perimeter of your home free from fallen leaves, mulch, etc. is key.
Professional Earwig Pest Control
Vacuums are great for catching the odd earwig that enters your home. But, if you find yourself dealing with an infestation – it’s best to call a professional pest control expert. At Southern Fumigation & Pest Control, we train our staff to treat all pest infestations, including earwigs. Depending on the location and nature of the infestation, we will recommend the best insecticide products for your home, ensuring we control the situation quickly and effectively. If you are struggling with earwigs in or around your home, contact us today to schedule an appointment.