Earwigs, or pincher bugs, in your home can be a startling site thanks to the prominent pinchers on their tails. How did they get in, and where else could they be hiding?

Moist Areas

Earwigs prefer tight spaces with moisture, just like their natural habitats under low-growing plants, fallen vegetation and rocks. Look for them in places that provide either or both of those elements.

Search under baseboards, piles of newspapers and in/under cabinets below the sink. Spilled water or a leak may lead to a wet carpet or rug, which provides just the kind of place earwigs would enjoy. Though they prefer the outdoors, they may find a place inside your home to call their own.

Items From Outside

We bring in items from outside, and sometimes hitchhiking earwigs find themselves inside the house by accident. Some typical vectors of this kind of infestation include potted plants or wet cardboard boxes. Logs for firewood and items that were outside temporarily, like trash bins or coolers, offer opportunities for earwigs to hitchhike.

Gutters

Rain gutters and drain pipes filled with leaves, twigs and debris provide earwigs with just about everything they need. Check your home’s attic and the crawlspace or basement near the drainpipe to see if they have tried to get inside. Cracks or openings large enough for them to squeeze through allow them access to run freely inside your home.

Preventative Measures

You find them indoors, but they typically infest an outdoor area and then wander inside your home. 

Start by checking anything that comes in and cleaning areas outside your home where they can congregate. Check anything you bring inside for earwigs, especially if it has been exposed to water. Clean out your gutters and drainpipe. Decaying organic material provides happy homes for earwigs. 

Seal your house to limit entry points; close off cracks or holes leading inside your home. Weatherstrip the bottoms of your doors and screen doors so they cannot crawl through the gaps. Apply wire mesh to drainage holes in your windows to let water drain out and keep earwigs and other bugs outside.

Even though we try our best, the crawling critters might still find a way inside our homes. Contact our friendly technicians to help you with any of your pest problems. We’re a family-owned and family-operated business, and we pride ourselves on using the latest technology to meet your needs.