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Earwig Control in House 

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Earwigs Control Chicago

Earwig control necessitates a multi-pronged approach that takes into account the species' environmental preferences.

Earwigs are moisture-loving insects that thrive in Chicagoland because of our four seasons and often lush greenery. Reduce hiding spots and moisture levels on the surface where earwigs are an important issue when it comes to earwig control.

Call A1 Pestmasters for green Insecticide treatments. We would caution you against DIY earwig bait because it is frequently ineffective. Keep in mind that earwigs are omnivores that can be advantageous in some conditions, such as when they eat aphids, and that they don't need to be handled in many others.

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The mature earwig can be distinguished by a pair of conspicuous appendages at the tail end of its body that resemble forceps. The forceps, which are used for defense, are slightly bent in the male but straighter in the female. The adult body is reddish brown in color and measures around 3/4 inch long. The majority of species have wings hidden beneath short, rigid wing covers, although they rarely fly. Adult earwigs resemble immature earwigs, but they are smaller and lack wings.

Earwigs, contrary to common belief and despite their fearsome look, rarely attack humans, however they can bite if caught in clothing or sat on.

Earwig Prevention Tips

If earwigs are a persistent problem in a structure, investigate the area to determine how they are entering and seal any cracks or entry sites. Remove any things outside the building's perimeter that could provide shelter, such as ivy climbing up the walls, ground cover, bark mulches, debris (particularly leaves in gutters), wood piles, leaf litter, newspaper stacks, or other organic matter.

Repairing drain spouts, grading the area so water drains away from the structure, and ventilation crawl areas to prevent moisture will also keep water and moisture away from the structure. Indoor insecticide treatments aren't recommended because they won't do anything to prevent invasions. If earwigs are attracted to outdoor lighting, replace it with yellow or sodium vapor lightbulbs, which are less appealing to them.

Earwigs love to reside in the same type of environment where centipedes, millipedes, and roly-polies can be found (sow bugs) in your home. They'll hide in cold, moist areas of your yard, like as under rocks, mulch, leaf litter, wood piles, or other plants. They may also be discovered near the foundation of your home, outside faucets, and air-conditioning equipment.

Some earwig species are attracted to lights at night and can become a nuisance on porches and patios during the summer evenings. Then they'll hide behind cushions, flowerpots, and other stuff left outside in the morning in your home.

Fill cat food cans (or other similar cans) with 14 inch of oil (ideally fish oil) and place them near plants to catch earwigs. Every day, empty them.

Set up crumpled, moist newspaper, lengths of old hose, straw-filled cardboard sealed shut at one end, or boxes with little holes cut in the sides baited with oats. Place these earwig "traps" near plants and collect the contents in the morning in a bucket of soapy water.

 

Another alternative is to shake or tap the branches of an affected plant with a light-colored cloth underneath it. The earwigs should fall onto the cloth, where they can be thrown away.