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Earwig Control Services

Miche Pest Control is a family owned and operated pest control company that provides residential and commercial pest control services that get rid of pests, including earwigs, from homes and businesses in Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia, including Baltimore MD and the surrounding areas. Our expert exterminators get rid of earwig infestations fast, and use preventative methods to keep earwigs from coming back after they've been eliminated. Miche Pest Control has a 4.9 star rating and over 1,000 reviews online - click the button below to get started, or give us a call today!

Earwigs In DC, MD & VA

Earwigs are occasional invaders with a creepy and sinister look. Their large pincers have led to a variety of superstitions with no scientific backing. In reality, these insects are nuisance pests that don't cause much concern until their population begins to grow.

Keep reading to learn the truth about earwigs, what to do if they invade your property, how to prevent them, and what Miche Pest Control can do to help.

What are earwigs?

Earwigs are elongated insects that grow to around an inch in length. Their dark brown bodies have six legs, threadlike antennae, and menacing-looking pincers protruding from their abdomens. There are many myths about these creatures, including a long-held belief that they crawl into people's ears and tunnel into their brains as they sleep. While untrue, this myth gives some context to the earwig's name.

Are earwigs dangerous?

Despite the stories stating otherwise, earwigs are not dangerous pests. They don't spread diseases or bite. They use their pincers to hold their prey and climb. While you might get an earwig pinch if you try to pick them up, they are rarely strong enough to break the skin or do any lasting damage. Earwigs in your garden pose more of a threat to your plants than you. They feed on leaves and flowers, and when they grow their numbers, they can do a surprising amount of damage to your plants.

Why do I have an earwig problem?

Earwigs prefer moist and protected areas. They are likely to congregate if they can find access to areas with high condensation. Dirt floors of unfinished basements are also a draw for these insects. You are likely to attract these pests if you have cracks or crevices leading into your home and poorly ventilated spaces.

Where will I find earwigs?

Earwigs live in large groups outside. They seek high moisture areas like piles of leaves, mulch, or stumps. If they make it inside your home, you'll find them in the same damp environments, like basements, crawl spaces, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. In addition to being drawn to moisture, they are also attracted to lights, making them a common nuisance on porches and patios.

How do I get rid of earwigs?

To get rid of earwigs, you must eliminate harborage areas like leaf piles, mulch, and other organic debris. Try moving these items, as well as firewood piles and logs, away from your home, creating a perimeter around your house without organic material. As with most pests, earwigs are easier to prevent than eliminate. Professional residential pest control in DC, MD & VA is often the best solution once earwigs have gotten inside your home.

How can I prevent earwigs in the future?

Preventing earwigs comes down to limiting their access to moist, cool areas around your house, organic materials they can feed on, and entry points that allow them to gain entrance. Try using the following techniques for earwig control:

  • Limit organic material around your home's exterior.
  • Minimize shaded areas near your foundation by trimming shrubs.
  • Seal cracks and crevices in your foundation and exterior walls.
  • Install weatherstripping around windows and doors. 
  • Use dehumidifiers in poorly ventilated areas of your home.
  • Ensure gutters and downspouts are draining water away from your home.

When getting rid of earwigs, a pest control professional can help keep these pests out of your garden and away from your house.

Miche Pest Control is a local, family-owned-and-operated company that can help you prevent and control earwigs and other occasional invaders. Call today to hear more about our services or to schedule an inspection. 

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