Earwigs

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Professional Earwig Pest Control Baltimore MD

The earwig is a member of the Dermaptera order. The classification of insects is characterized by “cerci” or pincers and long, slender bodies. The insect utilizes its cerci during copulation, combat, and feeding. The cerci are curved, measuring nearly one-third of the insect’s body. The insect’s flying capabilities are significantly limited, even with two sets of wings, one of which is membranous.

Earwigs are a solitary insect species, meaning there is no nest or colony. The adult grows up to 25 millimeters (0.98 inches) in length. The largest species of earwig is the 3-inch Saint Helena giant. Scientists believe there are more than 900 members of the Dermaptera order.

The species is drawn to cool and damp areas. They are commonly found in basements, crawlspaces, house plants, and underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks.

Why Is My Home Infiltrated With Earwigs?

Earwigs are “overwintering pests,” meaning they spend the winter season in a deep sleep. Overwintering plays an important role in the life of the earwig. While in a deep sleep-like state, earwigs live on minimal nutrients derived from stored fats. Instead of spending the winter season outdoors hunting for food, exposed to the harsh elements, the body is feed essential nutrients from fat cells.

The earwig is a nocturnal insect species that spend the night searching for food, breeding, and reproducing. Instead of spending the winter outdoors exposed to snow, icy rains, cold breezes, and sleet, earwigs do whatever is necessary to infiltrate the human habitat.

Do Earwigs Carry Diseases?

Earwigs have not been scientifically linked to human diseases or parasites. The insect’s cerci are powerful enough to fight off enemy earwigs and insect predators. However, the cerci are not strong enough to penetrate human skin or structural components. The insect does utilize its cerci to devour specific crops and flowers.

Is The Earwig A Pantry Pest?

Yes, the earwig meets the criteria to be classified as a pantry pest. The pantry pest is an insect that invades homes in search of non-refrigerated food stored in pantries. The earwig diet consists of cookies, crackers, spices, candies, dry cereal, dog food, potato chips, and birdseed.

What Is The Best Earwig Control Strategy?

Earwigs are tough to exterminate because of their nocturnal behavior. As the household members are sleeping, the earwigs are searching for food. When the household members are active, the earwigs are in hiding. Since there is no nest, earwigs are extremely difficult to locate when in hiding.

Our professional earwig management service combines visual inspection with a high-quality insecticide. When it comes to locating the earwig’s hiding places, we conduct a thorough visual inspection of the impacted establishment. An earwig inspection focuses on signs of infiltration like damaged food containers.

When Will The Exterminator Be Available To Conduct An Earwig Inspection In Baltimore?

Our service request process takes between 24 and 48 hours to complete during the off-season. An additional 24 hours may be required to complete the processing of new service requests in the earwig peak season.

We highly suggest immediate action to avoid potential delays that could complicate your case.

Does Insecticide Contain Harmful Chemicals?

Conventional insecticides do contain chemicals that pose some human and animal health risks. These pest control products also contain environmentally unfriendly ingredients as well. Our pest control products are available in eco-friendly, natural, conventional, chemical-based, and organic formulas.

We take pesticide safety seriously by only investing in brands that have sought approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The government agency is responsible for pesticide safety in the United States.

How Can I Protect My Baltimore Home From A Future Earwig Infiltration?

We highly suggest sealing all entry points from the exterior to the interior of your home. Small crevices, gaps, holes, and cracks can easily be filled with a waterproof sealant, such as caulk or silicone.

To discourage earwigs from infiltrating your home, transitioning from supermarket food packaging to stainless steel, glass, and durable plastic storage containers is a necessity. It is crucial to create a strong barrier between your non-perishable food products and the earwig and other pantry pests.

Correcting humidity in problem areas will discourage earwigs from taking refuge in your basement, crawlspace, and bathroom. Install vents and/or dehumidifiers in the problem areas to decrease humidity.

Custom sheet metal and plywood should be utilized to fill passageways utilized to bring plumbing and electricity into your home. Earwigs utilize utility passageways to infiltrate basements and crawlspaces. The passageways also lead to the areas underneath the kitchen and bathroom sinks. Sealing these openings will not only help keep earwigs out of your home, but also spiders, cockroaches, ants, rodents, beetles, mice, and rats.

Our pest control experts are on standby to take your call. We highly suggest taking advantage of our free earwig inspection, which includes a one-on-one consultation with a licensed exterminator. At the end of the consultation, the exterminator will provide you with a free written quote.

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