Earwigs, also known as pincher bugs, are considered an “occasional invader” into a structure, choosing to nest outdoors in large groups. Earwigs are active at nighttime (nocturnal) and hide in undisturbed areas during the day in moist shaded locations, usually under stones, rocks and dead organic matter such as mulch or grass clippings. Managing outdoor earwig populations is an important part of any earwig control service. This ensures that the earwigs are controlled before they have a chance to move indoors.
According to the pestweb.org earwigs are called such because of the old European superstition that they crawl into your ears when you are sleeping and go into your brain. Eek! There is nothing to worry about – fortunately this is just a myth!
Earwigs feed on leaves, flowers, fruit, mold and other insects, such as spiders. They are easily identified by their long cerci or pinchers, which are NOT harmful to humans, but do eat other insects.
Earwigs occasionally make their way indoors through small openings and cracks in the foundation.
To reduce an earwig problem in your yard, it is important to practice the following tips:
- Remove damp logs, mulch and grass clippings
- Reduce the amount of stones, rocks and boards near the home
- Get rid of cardboard, stored newspaper and relocate stacks of wood away from the structure
Keep Earwigs Out
Reducing an earwig population outdoors is the first step. But what about making sure that earwigs are unable to come inside? It is important to follow the below earwig control tips to make sure that there aren’t any openings that earwigs can use to gain entrance to the building interior.
- Seal cracks and entry points around windows and door thresholds
- Fix or replace screens or vents that are broken