If you’re anything like most people, the thought of earwigs causes a full-fledged panic attic. What if they crawl in your ears and lay eggs there? Thankfully, that’s extremely unlikely to happen. But that doesn’t mean it’s not shocking when you see one running across your bathroom floor. Who wants to share their toilet and shower with little pinching creatures? Honestly, no one should have to worry about that. Here at Fox Pest Control, we work hard so you can feel safe in your home.
You might already know for sure that you have an earwig problem. But here are a couple of the most common signs of an earwig infestation in Bloomington.
The only sign of an earwig infestation is to actually see them crawling around. These insects require moisture in order to survive long. Earwigs are most commonly found in vegetable gardens, not inside houses. This means they’re most likely brought inside via an item of clothing, harvested vegetables (like corn husks), dirt from a boot, or even in sleeping bags or tents after a camping trip.
Think you have a earwig problem? Call Fox Pest Control for a free Bloomington earwig control quote.
Your technician will conduct a thorough pest control inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized earwig treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.
You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain earwig free.
We come back regularly throughout the year to ensure the earwigs don’t come back. If you see any earwig activity between your regularly scheduled service, simply give us a call. We’ll come back for free!
Although they prefer to stay outside, earwigs occasionally find their way inside. If you have lots of earwigs hanging around your home and garden, it’s time to call Fox Pest Control so you can spend your time focused on what matters most and leave the bugs to us.
Overall, earwigs won’t cause much damage in the garden, especially when compared to more serious garden pests like Japanese beetles and aphids.
However, earwigs can become a minor problem for gardens by invading and eating crops. For example, they can crawl inside corn husks and eat the sweet kernels inside.
If an earwig is handled or feels threatened, it may use those pincers against you.
Luckily, a bite from an earwig’s pincers isn’t venomous or deadly, and usually cannot break the skin.
Earwigs can eat garden and field crops, including tomatoes, corn, lettuce, strawberries, and other fruits and vegetables, especially during the early growing stages when the plants are most tender. They aren’t as big a problem as garden pests like Japanese beetles and aphids.
The pincers on male earwigs are curved while they’re straight in females.
Earwigs aren’t likely to crawl on your body, especially not your ears or on your head. Your ears don’t provide enough moisture for them to survive.
Earwigs got their name from a myth that they would crawl into your ears to lay eggs. Your ear isn’t very tempting for them because they wouldn’t be able to survive inside it. So, you don’t have to worry that an earwig will crawl into your ear, much less lay eggs there.
Those pincers, also called “cerci,” are intimidating for a reason. Earwigs use them during mating, to catch prey items, and for self-defense.
If a Fox Pest Control customer has an infestation of covered pests between regularly scheduled Home Protection Plan treatments, we will come back and perform targeted treatments to get rid of the pest at no charge. If Fox Pest Control cannot resolve the problem after three such targeted treatments, we will cheerfully refund the customer’s last monthly subscription fee, as long as all other terms of the agreement have been met.
And if you see any pest activity between your regularly scheduled treatments, simply give us a call; we'll come back at no additional charge.
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