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We’ll go ahead and put your mind at ease: no, these pests won’t crawl into your ear, and no, they definitely don’t eat brains!

an earwig on cement

Despite the many different myths surrounding these pests, the humble earwig is a harmless backyard pest found in Plano residences. Earwigs are completely danger-free and pose no threats to people, pets, or property. The only thing earwigs may be a danger to is your sanity!

These interesting insects are easily identified by their long, thin bodies with a slight curvature near the rear. A pair of pincers known as forceps protrude from the back of the abdomen, which are primarily used for catching prey, sparring with rivals, and defending themselves. You are most likely to spot earwigs in large groups, hidden underneath piles of rocks, leaves, or other debris. In the home, they may decide to settle under bags, boxes, or other objects that cast dark shadows.

When earwigs show up in homes, they rarely come two by two. If the conditions are ripe enough, homeowners can expect to see droves of these mysterious creatures scuttling about the property! This is one of the reasons why DIY earwig prevention is so important during the latter half of the year.

Plano Homeowners’ Earwig Prevention Tips

While earwig infestations will require professional help, preventing them in the first place begins with you. Keep your home earwig-free by completing the following tasks:

  • Reduce moisture levels in the home by running dehumidifiers and hanging desiccant bags in problem areas. Make sure to run bathroom fans after using hot water, and refrain from leaving windows open during hot, humid days.

  • Do not allow too much clutter to build up. Stack and organize all boxes neatly, and sweep often to prevent pests from gathering.

  • Seal off potential entry points with waterproof caulking. Areas for review should include walls, doors, windows, and the foundations of your home.

Want verification of the earwig presence in your home? Call All-Safe Pest & Termite today for a complimentary home inspection.

Earwigs Giving You A Fright? Call All-Safe Pest & Termite!

With a creepy exterior and even creepier behavioral pattern, earwigs are some of the most unsettling creatures found in the Plano area. While they may not be the brain-eating monsters the old wives’ tale would have you believe, they certainly are not a welcome sight in your comfy North Texas home. There are many ways homeowners can prevent earwigs from establishing an infestation, many of which you can do almost immediately. Yet, if there is already an established earwig presence on the property, an infestation will be an unsettling possibility.

Contact the professional team at All-Safe Pest & Termite now for more advice or assistance related to the care of household earwigs. We have served Plano and the surrounding area for years with high quality, low toxicity treatments for earwigs, and beyond. We believe in customer safety and satisfaction, so much so that we offer 100% guarantees on our residential pest control services. As the largest independent pest control agency in North Texas, we take our position as a local protector very seriously. There is no job too big or task too small for us to handle, not even earwigs!

Get in touch with our expert team by calling our Plano office location right away. In the meantime, we would be happy to answer any and all of your questions via chat or online contact form. We’re ready to start working on the solutions that matter most to you.

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