All About Earwigs

Earwigs can be a bit scary looking with their slender bodies and large rear pincers. However they are harmless, despite the European myth that they crawl into people’s ears while they are sleeping and tunnel into their brains. Have no fear, these elongated brown insects with six legs, two pairs of wings, and antennae are not dangerous. They are rather unsightly and can damage plants though.

Where Do Earwigs Come From?

Earwigs typically like wet, cool areas. They may sneak into your home through cracks and crevices for a variety of reasons such as food, changing weather or shelter. Basements that are unventilated or unfinished are common favorite places for earwigs.

How Do I Prevent Earwigs?

There are several steps you can take to help prevent earwigs from getting inside your home:

  • Seal cracks and crevices around the exterior of your home
  • Keep exterior doors closed
  • Patch holes in window screens
  • Keep the basement floor clean
  • Place a dehumidifier in the basement
  • Make sure the area around your home is free of landscape debris and well-drained

How Do I Get Rid of Earwigs?

A couple of earwigs you can probably squash and not worry about. However, if you have several earwigs or you keep finding them, then it’s best to call in a local pest control expert to properly assess the situation and develop a treatment plan.

Contact us today to schedule a free inspection of your home. We service the greater Capital District area including Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties.