Complete Guide To Earwig Control In Ogden
June 02, 2022 - Earwigs
There is nothing like early summer for those of us in Ogden who love to garden. Kneeling on the ground to transplant the seedlings we started in late winter gives us a feeling of oneness with the earth. Other creatures look forward to the end of spring as well: baby chicks, tadpoles, and earwigs. Nothing is as scary as holding a plant in your hands to find a dozen critters running up your arm trying to get back to the dirt. Whether in the house or the garden, many of us can relate to channeling that fear into stomping and stamping the living daylights out of those suckers when that happens!
Our team at Peak Pest Control can help you keep earwigs away with our three-step approach; inspection, treatment, and follow-up.
What Does An Earwig Look Like?
Earwigs are flat, shiny, longish bugs whose colors range from rusty brown to tan. There are almost 2000 species of earwigs, which are found all over the world, though the United States has fewer than 25. These are a class of bugs known as pinchers, though they are not able to break human skin and an earwig bite is not a likelihood, thank goodness. When mature, earwigs are anywhere from ½ inch to 2 inches long with a tail appendage, long antennae, and six legs.
They are not poisonous or dangerous, just gross, likely because of the myth that they can crawl into your ear- they were sometimes referred to as ear wigglers or ear creatures in older times. Earwigs search at night for food, which is why they run around when diurnal humans are active around the house.
What Do Earwigs Eat?
These insects eat decaying organic matter, mites, and some aphids. Earwigs can feed on soft fruits, raspberries and blackberries, and stone fruits like apricots and peaches. They go after the silk in young sweet corn as well as everyone's favorite garden staple: marigolds. They are fond of seedlings and petals.
Five Helpful Tips To Keep Earwigs Away
Careful planning can act as earwig repellent; it just involves maintenance.
- They hitch rides into your living spaces via damp newspaper or cardboard, the recycle bin, and potted plants.
- They like organic, fertile food sources such as mulch, dead leaves, stones, or log piles. Store all wood away from the house. Kindling, corded wood, and campfire piles should all be at least a foot or so away from the home.
- Landscape near your home so that vegetation does not create shady, moist areas near the home. Trim trees, bushes, and other plants regularly.
- Earwigs love anywhere with little light and a little moisture. Move the portable pool so that splashing is far away from the foundation or sides of the home, and consider moving it often to let the lawn dry out.
- Be sure that rain gutters and spouts empty into containers that are either away from the home or emptied regularly.
Despite your best efforts to keep earwigs away, you still may find yourself dealing with a problem. If you're struggling with earwigs, it's best to partner with a local pest control expert.
How To Keep Earwigs Out Of Your Home For Good
Caulking and sealing any cracks or crevices will make it hard for these unwanted visitors to enter your home. If you are game, you can try manually removing them when you see them. The best time is in the evening so that you catch them unawares. Sticky traps are an inexpensive and effective way to hold earwigs. If none of that appeals to you, don't despair. Instead, call us at Peak Pest Control to help you attract the visitors you want and to keep others like earwigs out!