In the United States alone, there are more than twenty species of earwigs. According to a popular myth, earwigs burrow into your ear while you sleep and lay eggs there. However, we can assure you that is not true.

Earwigs are nocturnal creatures that enjoy cool, moist areas like the wet soil in your garden. They are also attracted to light. Like moths, earwigs will crawl towards a light source, which makes them a nuisance on humid summer evenings out on your patio. A change in the weather might drive them inside your house. When it’s very windy or dry outside, earwigs will seek refuge inside your home.

What are the best ways to prevent earwigs?

The most important step to prevent earwig infestations is to get rid of all their places of refuge and moisture. This includes locations both outside and inside. Move all logs, stones, and rocks away from the foundation of your home or building. Clear a 6”–12” radius around the house that is free of mulch, leaves, and any other organic material that attracts earwigs. Trim trees and shrubs close to the building.

Clear out all drains of debris and dead leaves. You’ll also want to set your sprinklers to water the grass and plants early in the day so that the sunlight can dry up the excess water during the day. If you have exterior lighting, set it up so that the lights shine away from the yard and onto the house. Consider switching all light bulbs from white to yellow, as bugs find white light more enticing. Prevent earwigs from coming in by repairing all window and door screens. Dry out damp and humid corners in the house—a dehumidifier is especially useful in spaces like the attic or basement.

Have more questions about preventing earwigs or other difficult pests? While routine pest control services can deter earwigs, it never hurts to take prevention measures on your own. You can reach out to our pest control team to learn more about pest prevention measures.

Earwig Pest Control FAQs

While earwigs are a common pest in Utah, you might have questions about how to deal with these pests or how earwig pest control works. If you do have any questions, you can always reach out to the Nature’s Balance Pest Control team for quick answers or get more information about our services.

Or, you can learn more about earwigs and pest control in our FAQ guide:

Despite the myth that earwigs crawl into ears to lay eggs, they are mostly considered a nuisance pest. This means that earwigs don’t pose any real threats to health or property. However, earwigs can create a subtle odor, and they are rather unpleasant to have around, especially in large numbers.
If you already have an earwig infestation, you may wonder about the best course of action. If you only see an earwig on occasion, pest control might not be needed. But, if you often see earwigs, it’s much more effective to have a pest control company remove them, as they can be rather invasive.
At Nature’s Balance Pest Control, we are all about removing pests without putting you, your family, or your pets at risk. We take an eco-friendly approach that doesn’t involve the use of harsh chemicals. You can trust that you’ll stay safe while getting effective pest protection.
We offer residential and commercial pest control throughout Northern Utah. Service areas include Summit, Utah, Salt Lake, and Wasatch Counties. If you live in or around Salt Lake City, Provo, Park City, or any other Northern Utah community, we can help with your pest control needs.
As mentioned above, earwigs don’t pose any real threats to people, and they aren’t destructive to property. However, you may notice that earwigs have two pincers at the end of their bodies. These are called forceps, and earwigs use them to fight off predators and catch prey. However, while these forceps can technically slightly pinch the skin, they aren’t venomous or dangerous.

While earwigs might not spread disease or damage your belongings like some other common pests, most people don’t like the way they look and find them creepy. If you’re tired of dealing with earwigs around your Utah property, we can help with earwig removal and prevention services. We even provide free quotes, so reach out online or by phone!

Choose Nature’s Balance for Eco-Friendly Earwig Pest Control

If you take these precautions, you may save yourself from a future earwig infestation, but what should you do about the ones you already have? That’s where Nature’s Balance comes in! With our environmentally-friendly treatments, we treat the problem without harming the environment.

  • Satisfied Customers: We aim for your satisfaction, and it shows. Much of our customer base is generated through referrals and word-of-mouth because our customers recommend us to their friends and family.
  • Family-Owned Business: We are a family-owned business, and we treat you just like one of our own. Our goal is not to become the biggest pest control company but to create personal relationships with our customers.
  • Non-Invasive: Most pest control companies disrupt your way of life, forcing you to leave your house for an extended time until the poisonous fumes are gone. The products we use are based on natural ingredients and don’t put the environment or your loved ones at risk.

If you have an earwig infestation, Nature’s Balance has got your back. Get in touch with us today, and we will take care of your earwig problem for you. Choose Nature’s Balance to get rid of pesky pests the natural way in Oakley, Cottonwood Heights, Cedar Hills, and more! Contact us for a free quote or to learn more about our services today.


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