How Bad Is It To Have Earwigs Around My Plymouth Home?

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Located on the South Shore of Massachusetts and only about 40 miles from Boston, Plymouth has everything that you need for an active lifestyle. With parks, museums, and historic sites, there is always something to do and see in Plymouth. Unfortunately, earwigs and other pest infestations are a common problem for Plymouth homeowners. If you need pest control in Plymouth to get rid of an earwig infestation or to prevent them altogether, keep reading to learn more about our pest control services.

What Are Earwigs?

It is important to learn to identify earwigs in Plymouth, as they can be confused with other insects, like silverfish or firebrats. Adult earwigs range from ¼ inch to an inch in size. They have long and flat bodies, and they are usually pale brown, reddish brown, or black in color. Earwigs have six legs and two pairs of wings, but not all of them can fly. They have antennae and protruding pincers, which are their most distinguishable characteristic.

The earwig life cycle consists of three stages: the egg stage, the baby earwig bug stage (or nymph stage), and the adult stage. They are mostly nocturnal, which means that they will feed and be active during the nighttime while hiding in small holes during the day.

Are Earwigs In My House Harmful To My Health?

Earwigs are usually considered more of a nuisance than a threat. Although they aren't generally aggressive, they could attack you with their pincers if they feel threatened. While an earwig bite or pinch will probably create a small welt, earwigs do not transmit diseases like other pests do.

Even though earwigs aren't the most threatening pest to your health, they should still be treated before you find yourself fighting hundreds of earwigs. If you have seen earwigs in your Plymouth home, we suggest you schedule a home inspection with earwig control experts.

Why Do Earwigs Invade Homes?

Although the earwig insect isn't native to the United States, they have been in the Americas at least since the early 1900s. They are common in Plymouth and surrounding areas, and there are several factors that can attract them to specific homes.

For the most part, earwigs are attracted to darkness, humidity, and moisture. As part of their preference for moisture, earwigs may also be attracted to water sources and rotting plant material (or even healthy plant material!), as they can burrow and reproduce in these areas.

Did you know that earwigs can "hitchhike" from one place to another inside your bags or boxes? This is another way that they could end up in multiple areas of your house, making them more difficult to remove.

What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of Earwigs In My House?

If you need to get rid of earwigs in your Plymouth home, proper pest control practices are key. This includes sealing all entry points, like gaps and holes, with a silicone-based caulk. Also, it is important to ventilate the basement, attic, garage, and other dark and moist parts of the house. Additionally, you can use a dehumidifier if needed.

To get on a long-term earwig prevention plan, we recommend a professional visit with Combat Pest Control. We will help you create and implement a comprehensive pest control plan that will remove earwigs for good. After the initial inspection, we will talk about treatment options with you to find the one that best suits your needs. We'll then apply the treatment and follow up with you to ensure that your home is free of pests. Call Combat Pest Control today to request a free quote, to schedule your initial inspection and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Plymouth.

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