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Earwigs are nocturnal scavengers that help clean up decaying matter. They are also a commonly misunderstood pest that most people don't know about. Once you know the facts about this pest, you might not be so worried if you find them in your home.

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Below, you can learn more about earwigs and Frisco Pest Control.

What Earwigs Look Like

Earwigs have a long, narrow body, ranging between ¼ to 1 inch long. They are dark brown with reddish-black markings and have six legs, pincers, wings, and antenna. Some species are capable of flying while others are not.

Earwigs Look More Dangerous Than They Are

If you have encountered an earwig, you may have been unsettled by their appearance. But something to note about earwigs is that they look more dangerous than they actually are. People tend to believe that this pest gets its name because it crawls into ears. However, this is not likely to happen with earwigs more than any other pest. 


While this is the case, earwigs sometimes make their way into beds because they are looking for a warm place to hide. And although earwigs will pinch defensively, they cannot break through the skin but may cause skin irritation.


What should most concern you about this pest is the damage they cause to plants. However, this only becomes a problem when there is a high population.


Even though this pest isn’t dangerous, you don't need to tolerate an earwig infestation. Professional pest control services can handle and help prevent their intrusion.

Simple Yet Effective Earwig Prevention Tips For Your Home

Like many pests you might experience on your property, earwigs are attracted to high moisture. So to prevent earwigs, you should focus on reducing moisture by doing the following:


  • Use crushed rocks to create a barrier between solid and your home’s foundation.
  • Keep your yard clean of leaf piles and other organic materials that hold water.
  • Make sure gutters are free of clogs.
  • Refrain from overwatering gardens and flowers.
  • Repair any leaking faucets and pipes.
  • Remove anything that has been water-damaged.

Other factors to consider when deterring earwigs are food sources, consisting of decaying organic matter, other insects, and garbage. You can keep earwigs out of your home by sealing cracks around the foundation and installing screens on windows and doors. 


If you are experiencing an active infestation of earwigs, these tips won’t help you eliminate them. To do this, contact professionals for expert pest control services.

The Fast And Easy Way To Get Rid Of Earwigs In Your Home

The best way to get rid of an earwig infestation is professional assistance. Frisco residents can rely on All-Safe Pest & Termites. We offer two residential plans; both contain coverage for earwigs and fourteen other different types of pests. These plans are:


  • Safe Select Pest Control:
    • Home Interior Warranty
    • Exterior Spider Web removal
    • Pest Prevention Services
    • All-Safe Service Guarantee
    • Exterior Fire Ant Control
    • Exterior Rodent Baiting

  • Protection Plus Pest & Termite Control:
    • Home Interior Warranty
    • Exterior Spider Web Removal
    • Pest Prevention Service
    • Termite Baiting
    • Termite Service Warranty
    • All-Safe Service Guarantee
    • Exterior Fire Ant Control
    • Exterior Rodent Baiting
    • Termite Colony Elimination System

Please find out more about your Frisco pest control options for an earwig infestation by giving us a call at All-Safe Pest & Termite.

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