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Earwigs

What are earwigs?

Earwigs have an elongated reddish-brown body with pincer-like appendages extending from the back end. Though the pincers look menacing, the good news is they are not powerful enough to cause harm to people.

Earwigs are unique-looking insects that many people are frightened of because of the old wive's tale associated with them. It was once thought that earwigs move into people's ears to bore holes into our brains to lay their eggs.

Though stranger things have happened, earwigs are not seeking out people to lay their eggs; they actually lay their eggs in damp soil. In addition to the story about these insects, their appearance also frightens many people.

Are earwigs dangerous?

While their appearance may look frightening, they are not considered a danger to humans or pets, and do not transmit any known diseases. However, like any pest, earwigs can pose a contamination risk if they are allowed direct access to food, in addition to the general nuisance that comes with their presence. 

Why do I have an earwig problem?

There are numerous reasons why you may find earwigs in your home. The most common is weather. Hot and dry conditions outside may send these pests into your home in search of moist and humid environments. Earwigs thrive in these climates, and for that reason, are often found in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements. 

Earwigs also find their way into your home by hitchhiking on items that have spent time outside and that you or other members of your family may have brought back inside. Other possibilities for earwigs in the home include gaps in doors and windows, or cracks in a home's foundation.

How do I get rid of earwigs?

When earwigs invade, there’s no one better to help than Peak Pest Control. Our Ogden-area pest management services have everything you need to quickly and efficiently remove all earwigs from your property without causing harm to your family or the surrounding environment. Contact us today and make earwigs a thing of the past!

How can I prevent earwigs in the future?

In addition to our professional Cache County pest control services, utilize the following prevention tips to help keep earwigs out of your Utah home.

  • Check that gutters and downspouts are working to direct rainwater away from the exterior of your home.
  • Cut back shrubs and bushes to help the sun hit the soil around the perimeter of your home and keep it dry.
  • Leave a barrier between any mulch and your home's foundation. 
  • Install door sweeps.
  • Make sure weather-stripping is installed around your home's windows and doors.
  • Regularly move around plant pots and trashcans, so earwigs don't gather underneath them. 

Unfortunately, these preventative measures can only take you so far. If your home happens to contain the types of landscaping and available resources that earwigs are drawn to, it’s only a matter of time before they invade. When they become a problem, your only reliable option is to call a professional pest control company serving Northern Utah for help.

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