Earwigs

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Professional Earwig Pest Control Milwaukee Wisconsin

Earwigs are tiny insects with unique pincers called “cerci.” These forceps-like features allow the earwig to fight out predators, mate with other earwigs, and forage for food. There is no doubt, cerci help the earwig survive in environments that would not have been possible. The cerci

Earwigs have a slender, long body like other members of the Dermaptera order. Three sets of tiny legs allow the insect to scurry around in their natural habitat and indoors, evading injury, capture, and death by predators – spiders, lizards, centipedes, and assassin bugs.

The adult grows up to 2 inches long, with the exception of the Saint Helena giant earwig species. The Saint Helena giant earwig is about an inch larger than all 899 members of the Dermaptera order.

Why Am I Dealing With An Earwig Infiltration?

Earwigs are “overwintering pests,” a classification utilized in reference to insect species that spend the winter in the dormant state of overwintering. Like hibernation, overwintering allows impacted insects to feed on minimal nutrients from fats stored in the insect’s body.

An old tale claims the earwig was detected in the human brain of an unknown victim. The tale also claims the earwig deposited egg’s inside the victim’s brain. Still today, the old tale has never been confirmed.

Earwigs are drawn to dark, damp, warm/cool, and discrete hiding spots underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks, in shower and sauna rooms, crawlspaces, and basements. If you do detect an earwig living inside your home, you can only guess when the encounter will take place. The nocturnal insect is active at night when the home’s occupants are supposed to be asleep.

Do Earwigs Spread Diseases To Humans?

No, the earwig is not a health threat to humans, but a nuisance. Overwintering pests like the earwig is not known as a health danger to children or adults. The cerci are not strong enough to injure human or animal skin. If you pick up the earwig, it will try to defend itself by pinching the predator’s skin, without bringing blood.

There is also the risk of salmonella, Shigella, and E. coli, related to contaminated food and water. The insect drops its contaminated fecal matter in non-perishable food. Following home infiltration, earwigs feed on non-refrigerated food, such as cookies, dried cereal, and pet food, homemade candy, chips, nuts, bread, and crackers.

What Is The Exterminator’s Most Recommended Beetle Management Solution?

Earwigs are solitary insects, which means the species do not colonize. This is why earwigs detected in human living spaces are generally alone. Solitary insects do not generally infest infiltrated homes or businesses. However, the earwig may be accompanied by other pantry or overwintering pests, such as box elder bugs, ladybugs, stinkbugs, and beetles.

Our professional pest control is the most recommended earwig control strategy. To ensure maximum results, our professional earwig management combines inspections, adhesive pest traps, and visual inspections.

Are Over-The-Counter Pesticides Effective Against Earwigs?

It can be when administered per the manufacturer’s guidelines. Contrary to belief, not all over-the-counter pest control products are created equal. Fortunately, Wisconsin consumers can rely on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect them from dangerous chemical pesticides.

The EPA is responsible for the safety of American consumers and the environment from unnecessary, dangerous chemical pesticide exposure.

What Is The Best Professional Earwig Prevention Strategy?

Again, earwig infiltration is very difficult to diagnose and treat. The insect is nocturnal, so you are asleep when it comes out to forage for food. Most victims discover the earwig when going to the restroom or kitchen for a snack at nighttime.

We highly recommend our professional inspection because it is 100 percent effective. Our exterminators know where earwigs hide after home infiltration.

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