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.
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.
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.
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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