We have all heard the rumors about Earwigs. You know, the ones about how they burrow down into your ear and then lay eggs and feed on your brain. Well, let’s set the record straight right off the bat. This rumor is simply that: a rumor.
However, while the idea of earwigs laying eggs in peoples’ brains may be false, they are still disruptive pests that will cause damage to your gardens and landscaping.
Let’s take a look at the types of issues an earwig infestation can pose to us and explore some techniques we can employ to help eradicate current infestations while preventing future ones.
What Is An Earwig?
Earwigs are small bugs about an inch long and are reddish-brown in color. Along with having three sets of legs, they also have pincers and wings which causes them to alarm many homeowners. And though they will bite if provoked, they are mostly harmless to humans. In addition to biting, earwigs will emit a foul-smelling, brownish liquid as a means of self-defense, which is not harmful to humans apart from the unpleasant odor.
Also, earwigs are nocturnal, so it is possible to have an infestation and not even be aware of it.
There are many varieties of earwigs. Some of the most abundant varieties in the Texas area are:
- Riparian Earwigs
- Linear Earwigs
- Ring-legged Earwigs
- Brown-winged Earwigs
What Threats Do Earwigs Pose?
The main threats that earwigs pose are not to people. Rather, they wreak havoc on your house plants, crops, and foliage. They will eat pretty much anything they can without any consideration of your effort to plant and maintain your gardens and landscaping. If its green and growing, they will eat it. Some of their favorite food items include leafy greens, fruit, and vegetables.
In addition to their propensity for enjoying the foliage, earwigs will also eat human food. Therefore, an infestation may occur inside of your home if you don’t exercise the proper precautions to prevent them from getting inside.
Where To Find Earwigs In Your Houston, TX Home
If earwigs find their way out of your garden and into your home, they will likely flock toward warm, moist areas. Particularly, they congregate around garages, pools, hot tubs, bath tubs, and showers.
Preventing Earwig Infestations
Like all pests, it’s better to take the necessary precautions to prevent an earwig infestation from ever occurring. The best steps you can take include:
- Sealing all cracks in doors and door frames
- Making sure drainage directs water away from the foundation of your home
- Removing any damp debris from around your home such as leaves, wood, or mulch
- Keeping woodpiles away from the exterior of your home
- Adding bird feeders to your yard to attract predators that will reduce your earwig population
When it comes to pest control, the best offense is a good defense, so mind these techniques, and you will greatly decrease your chances of having an infestation. Unfortunately, if you’re an avid gardener or relish in the lush landscaping throughout your property, you will likely deal with earwigs at one point or another.
Getting Rid Of An Earwig Infestation
If you’ve already taken every preventative measure and are still dealing with an infestation, you can try to use pesticides or earwig traps. However, using chemicals always poses a risk, and in the end, its best to contact a professional to ensure that your earwig infestation is handled safely and effectively.
Our experts at Romney Pest Control will work with you to tackle your unique earwig problem. Whether these pests found their way inside your home or are destroying your garden, our licensed technicians can help. Contact us today to learn more about our earwig control options.