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There are many myths associated with earwigs. Although these pests are concerning, they’re not dangerous. They’re not going to burrow in your brain and lay eggs inside. Instead, these pests want to enter your home so they can find suitable conditions. They’re small insects that belong to the Dermapter order. They have unique appearances consisting of smooth, long bodies and horny appendages extending from their abdomens. These appendages are called cerci and they’re used to pinch. Female earwigs have shorter and less curvy than their male counterparts. In some cases, the cerci can be a third of the insect’s body.

Some earwigs have wings but others do not. Their bodies are reddish-brown or dark brown. Today, there are at least 900 species of Dermaptera with the Saint Helena Giant Earwig being the largest. These earwigs can reach three inches in length.

Reasons Earwigs Are In Your Home

You have to understand that earwigs want to enter your home because they like dark, warm environments. They hide in damp, dark spots and your home offers them plenty of excellent hiding places. They’re nocturnal so they usually hide during the day and work at night. They are primarily found in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. When it gets dark, earwigs are going to try feeding on arthropods and plants. They can consume fleas and mites. If you’ve been dealing with a flea or mite infestation, you will be more likely to encounter earwigs. Work quickly or you’ll have to battle both simultaneously.

Can Earwigs Make You Sick?

It is hard to ignore the fact that some pests can make you sick. Cockroaches, fleas, and rodents are incredibly dangerous. The good news is that earwigs are not. They can use their cerci to pinch your skin, but they’re not powerful enough to hurt you. Plus, they cannot inject venom into their victims. If you care about your plants and flowers, you’ll need to get rid of them. They can damage plants quickly.

Best Way To Get Rid Of Earwigs

Once you’ve found earwigs in and around your home, find a way to get rid of them. The best way to fix the problem is by controlling the earwig population around your home. If you have too many earwigs around your home, a lot of them will enter. Therefore, you should start by eliminating the things they like, including moisture and light. Deal with humidity problems immediately. You’ll also want to focus on reducing the amount of light coming from your home at night. You can fix this problem by switching to sodium vapor yellow lights. These lights are less attractive so these pests won’t approach them.

If you’re using neon, mercury vapor, or white lights, you’re going to attract more earwigs. Finally, properly seal any small gaps and cracks you find around your exterior walls.

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Our Earwig Treatments Are Safe

Unfortunately, some exterminators use dangerous chemicals to eliminate pest infestations. You can’t let this happen. You need to protect the ones you love. Don’t let an exterminator use dangerous chemicals in your home. We strive to fix bed infestations using safe, natural solutions. Nevertheless, there is a risk that we’ll have to use conventional methods. When we do, we’re going to use them cautiously and precisely. As a result, you’re going to be protected during each phase of the procedure. We would never use products that could make you ill.

Preventing Earwigs From Entering Your Home

Be sure to take steps to prevent earwigs from entering your home. Thankfully, there are several ways to make it harder for them to invade. For instance, you need to make sure that you’ve properly sealed all of your exterior walls. Block any entry point you find so they cannot enter easily. You’ll also want to change the lights around your home. Switch to yellow vapor lights because earwigs do not like them as much. Don’t use white or mercury vapor lights. Finally, be sure to deal with humidity issues. Take care of moisture problems and you’ll keep earwigs away from your home.

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