The European earwig (Forficula auricularia) is an insect that is about 9/16” long and is not classified as a true bug. This insect can be identified by its two pinchers at the end of the abdomen called cerci. The old wives tale of earwigs seeking the human ear and boring in the brain is not true. Earwigs can cause damage to household plants and gardens. Although quite scary, this insect is considered to be a nuisance pest.
Can earwigs harm me?
Earwigs do not sting and have not been known to cause any human disease. They are considered to be a nuisance pest.
Do earwigs cause damage?
If a home or business experiences a large number of these bugs, staining and odor may occur. Earwigs are mostly known for their destructive abilities on household plants, delicate blossoms and garden plants. For the most part, the biggest issue is that they are a nuisance and not tolerated by many people indoors.
What can I do?
Removing organic debris buildup around the outside of your home or building will help reduce populations of earwigs. Address and control any moisture issues, focusing on downspouts that should be pointed away from your home or building. Sealing gaps in the foundation, fixing door seals or pipe entries will help, but these critters still seem to find their way in. As a home owner, you can vacuum the pests up and remove them as they appear
Why contact Terminator Pest Control?
The best prevention from these bugs is to have your home treated by Terminator Pest Control in the summer months. Our treatments will create a barrier on the structure and reduce insects from entering your home or business. We will also make recommendations on what you can do to prevent further infestations.