Earwigs are active at night and hide in between cracks and crevices during the day. Primarily scavengers, earwigs only occasionally feel the need to feed on plants. If given the opportunity, they will even attack and consume other nuisance insects. Some species have repugnatorial glands from which they can excrete a foul-smelling, yellow-brown liquid. If disturbed, the earwig may emit such defenses.
Although a variety of insecticides are specifically labeled for earwig control, the customers first step should be to remove unessential plant debris, mulch, and boards from the surrounding area of the home. Poorly placed rain downspouts and broken irrigation systems contribute to moist spots which attract nesting female earwigs. Non-chemical methods include: improving sanitation, plumbing repair, removing harbor-age/clutter, and sealing off areas where earwigs have access to openings in the structure.
Most earwigs spotted in households are commonly known as European Earwigs. This cosmopolitan insect is believed to have been first observed in the U.S. in 1907 in Seattle, Washington. Now, European Earwigs can be found throughout much of the U.S. and in parts of Canada.
Earwigs will be drawn to any moist, dark crevice. Heaps of manure, underneath boards, and other similar locations are high targets for earwig infestation. The adults are able to float in water for up to 24 hours. Upon reaching a dry surface, the earwig can immediately resume its search for shelter and food.
There are many other pests and wildlife that we treat. This includes beetles, bees and wasps, silverfish, centipedes, crickets, mites, snails and slugs, stink bugs, weevils, snakes, and many more.