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Earwig Identification

What are earwigs?

Earwigs are insects with a unique appearance; in fact, if you look up the word "odd" in the dictionary, you may find a picture of an earwig next to it.

Earwigs have elongated, flattened bodies, and adults grow to about an inch in length. They are dark black or reddish-brown, and most species have wings and can fly, but their main mode of transportation is running. Their most identifying feature is a pair of pincers extending from the backend of their body and long antennae.

Are earwigs dangerous?

Many people are afraid of earwigs because they have heard the story that these insects like to crawl into our ears to access our brains and lay their eggs. Luckily, this is just a tall tale passed down through the years. The truth is that earwigs lay their eggs outside in areas of damp soil or under piles of decaying vegetation.

Yes, earwigs have a pair of powerful-looking pincers, but they are not strong enough to cause pain to people. They use their pincers to defend themselves against each other and other small insects. Earwigs are not a physical threat to people. They can cause harm to plants and flowerbeds in large numbers, but the main concern with their presence is it often indicates moisture buildup or areas of standing water in or around your home.

Why do I have an earwig problem?

Earwigs have become a problem in our Texas yards and homes because they provide them with a place to thrive. Earwigs live in gardens and flowerbeds and feed on small garden insects, decaying vegetation, and young plants. The damp soil and mulch in garden areas, under trash cans, and landscaping provide the perfect areas for these insects to live and for their eggs to develop.

When these pests live near our homes and outbuildings, it is easy for them to move indoors, either accidentally through cracks they discover in the foundation or purposely to escape hot, dry weather.

Where will I find earwigs?

Earwigs typically move indoors at ground level and, once inside, stay at ground level. Earwigs like to take cover in damp, warm places like bathrooms, kitchens, crawl spaces, and areas behind appliances and cabinets.

Earwigs are nocturnal pests, so discovering their presence can take some time. A common way that people discover a problem with these pests is turning on a light and seeing earwigs scurrying back to their hiding spots.

How do I get rid of earwigs?

When ridding your home of nuisance earwigs and other pests, it is always best to partner with an experienced, local pest professional. At Men In Black Pest Control, we want to provide our customers with the highest quality pest control services that will meet the end goal of maintaining a pest-free property. Our professionals will ensure we meet your property's pest control needs through our customized services.

We are dedicated to providing Seabrook and surrounding communities with exceptional pest control solutions. Learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control offerings by giving Men In Black Pest Control a call today!

How can I prevent earwigs in the future?

Let us help you live pest-free with our professional pest control services and the following earwig prevention tips.

  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are working properly to move water away from the outside of your home.
  • Create a barrier or zone between any mulch or soil that retains moisture near your foundation. 
  • Trim back overgrown shrubs and bushes that trap moisture near your home's exterior and foundation walls.
  • Clean up fallen trees, leaf piles, mulch, and other debris where earwigs can hide.
  • Seal up cracks, crevices, and other openings under and around doors and windows that earwigs can get through.
  • Reduce humidity levels by using dehumidifiers and vent fans and repairing leaky pipes in your home.