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What Is An Earwig?
Have you heard about that mythical creature that’ll burrow into your ears and deep into your brains while you are sleeping with the intent of laying eggs? If so, you’ve heard of the earwig. Well, what you might not know is that this is a complete misconception. While it is how the critter got its name, there have never been any reported cases where they have burrowed into anyone’s brains and lain eggs. Hailing from the Dermapter family, they are characterized by their smooth, elongated bodies with forcep-like abdominal appendages commonly referred to as cerci.
Cerci are like pinchers are they are more pronounced in the males, being more curved. They can grow almost to 1/3 of an inch and come in winged and wingless forms. While they do have wings, they rarely choose to fly. As far as color goes, they usually appear in a reddish or dark brown form. What’s even more interesting is, there are one species of the critter known as the Helena Giant Earwig that is capable of reaching 3 inches. Although there are over 900 species throughout the world, it is the Helena Giant Earwig that is the biggest. They also prefer warmer climates, which is likely one of the reasons for them being on your property.
Why Do I Have Earwigs
Earwigs usually like to start appearing on the property in the late fall. Right when the weather is getting ready to turn cold for the first time. This is because they prefer hot and dry conditions. Anything dark, wet, and damp they are going to thrive in. These critters are also nocturnal, which means they only come out at night, making detection and elimination all that much more difficult for people who are asleep during these hours. During the days they’ll hide in their dark and warm places only to come out at night and feed on your houseplants. They are also attracted to other arthropods like mites and fleas.
If you have a mite or flea infestation on the property, it probably won’t be too long before you are also dealing with earwigs. The only problem is, you might not know it because the critters only come out at night.
Are Earwigs Dangerous?
If they burrowed into your ears and laid eggs, these critters would be extremely dangerous. However, this is not the case, making them pretty innocuous. They are nothing more than a nuisance pest, but that doesn’t mean you want them crawling all around the property, especially not if you are trying to run a business. While they only come out at night, the site of one of these critters could be enough to scare off a lifelong customer. That being said, earwigs do have those cerci devices that allow them to pinch their targets, but when they do, they don’t even produce enough force to break the skin. As far as destructive capabilities go, these critters are only known for destroying household plants and gardens. They’ll wreak havoc on these areas.
How Do I Get Rid Of Earwigs?
If you are going to tackle an earwig problem, you must start on the outside of the property. This is, after all, how they are getting in. They are coming from the outside in. This means you’ll want to start by sealing off any potential entry points. Scan the premises and looking for the tiniest of cracks and crevices in your foundation, walls, ceilings, eaves, soffits, attic vents, and brick and mortar joints. Be sure to also check around your doors and windows, as these guys are oftentimes attracted to bright light. While you might not be able to eliminate every entry point, limiting the possibilities is going to go a long way.
When Will Help Get Here?
Being a pest management professional in Washington DC, we know that earwigs can be a major problem. While they are not physically threatening, they can be mentally terrifying. Whatever the situation or reason, you likely want to get them out of the property as soon and efficiently as possible. This is something we understand and are willing to accommodate. Even though we stay pretty busy, we are more than willing to adapt for you. Give us a call, set up an appointment, and we’ll have a professional out to the property within the next 24 to 48 hours.
With that said, we also do have emergency services available if and when they are needed. You need someone out to the property immediately and we’ll get someone out there. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call!
Do You Offer Safe Treatments?
Our number one go-to method for earwig elimination is pesticides. Pesticides have proven extremely effective over the years when it comes to earwigs. The only problem is, pesticides can be dangerous, especially the ones that we use. The ones that we use contain much harsher ingredients than what you’ll find in the over-the-counter products. This is just one of the reasons our treatments are so much more effective. While we always take care when handling and administering these treatments, we do now offering eco-friendly solutions for those interested. These treatments aren’t applicable in every situation and aren’t always as effective as our pesticides solutions, but we try to offer them whenever we can.
If you give us a call we can get someone out to access the property and determine whether or not your property applies for treatment. If it does and you want to go with our eco-friendly options, we’ll set up an appointment. Whatever the situation, we’ll get you taken care of.