How To Keep Earwigs Out Of Your Gilbert Home

Earwig on a dried flower.

Most Gilbert homeowners aren't new to earwigs. Granted, they pose no threat to you, but they can destroy your home or garden plants. They're fond of soft fruit and seedling plants and will stop at nothing to get them.

They also bite when threatened, and some species carry diseases that could be harmful to you, your family, or your pets. You never know which earwig species you're dealing with, so you should never take any chances. Call pest control in Gilbert to deal with them rather than exterminating them yourself.

What Are Earwigs?

Earwigs are small, winged insects found in many parts of the world. They are known for their distinctive "pincers" at the end of their abdomen and are typically dark brown or black.

They feed on various soft fruits and seedling plants, making them a common pest for gardeners and homeowners alike. They chew holes in seedlings, some flowers, stone fruits, berries, and lettuce as they prey on aphids and insect larvae.

An adult earwig bug is approximately half to five-eighths of an inch long, and its antennae is roughly half the length of its body. Female earwigs can decide to stay with their earwig larvae after they hatch as the little critters can well survive on their own.

What It Means If You're Seeing Earwigs In Your Home

There are several reasons earwigs are in your home:

  • They've somehow found their way inside. This could be because there are cracks or crevices in your home's foundation or exterior that they're using to get in.
  • They're attracted to sources of light. If you have any spaces around your doors or windows, an earwig may be coming in through there.
  • If you have plants in your home, they’ll go after those first. If you don't have any plants, they may start to feed on other insects or even spilled liquid or crumbs from your food.
  • Their intrusion indoors also means the weather isn't conducive for them. They prefer cool and wet weather.

Don't panic if you see them in your home, and don't try to get rid of earwigs as things could only worsen. Your best move is to contact a specialist pest control agency.

Four Easy And Effective Earwig Prevention Tips

Follow these simple pointers to prevent an earwig infestation in the house and garden:

  1. Keep your home clean.
  2. Lower the amount of moisture around your perimeter and your property.
  3. Inspect your home's foundation and exterior for cracks or gaps, and seal them with caulk or another sealant.
  4. Trim back vegetation from around your home.

The Easiest Way To Get Rid Of Earwigs In Your House

An earwig insect can be a headache to eliminate due to its quick reproduction ability and excellent hiding skills. Leave the work to a skilled earwig control agency like Pro Active Pest Control.

We're a family-owned company based in Arizona that aims to ensure that residents in the area and the surrounding regions enjoy a pest-free environment. With years of pest control experience, you can rest assured your home is in good hands.

Our skilled technicians perform a free inspection all over your home and will use eco-friendly solutions to eliminate the pests. They'll treat your foundation to make a protective barrier around your home's exterior to keep them out. Plus, they'll share some ways to prevent the critters from returning with you.

We do frequent follow-up visits to ensure your home is as earwig-free as it should be. Call us today and consider your earwig problems a thing of the past.