Gecko Pest Control Can Help You With Earwig Extermination in Chico, CA

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Earwigs in Chico, CA

Earwigs range from 5 mm to 25 mm. They are relatively small reddish-brown insects with wings and pinchers. They have light brown legs, too. While there are over a thousand species of earwigs and many of them have wings, they are not really considered as flying insects. They are rather clumsy when flying and will do it very slowly if they have to. They won?t really fly if they have access to a covering of vegetation as well as nearby food.

Common Myths

These small insects can look odd, but they are not a danger to people. They will not burrow into people?s ears as the myths warn. They eat organic materials like plants and will often hide in the shallow pan under a potted plant. They like to nest in areas like wet piles of leaves or under mulch in the garden. In those areas, they find the wet moist organic matter that they eat. The first step to getting rid of earwigs is to remove the environment that harbors and feeds them. They live in humid, wet spots with vegetation. The homeowner should check all the houseplants for earwigs as well as other damp places in the home. After removing the habitat that the earwig will find inviting, the house should be treated with a pesticide around areas where earwigs might get into the home like the foundation and cracks around lower windows and doors.

Prevention

Earwigs can get into homes through tiny cracks and gaps in the house. This usually happens in foundations and access doors leading outside. When the outdoor environment becomes intolerable due to severe weather, earwigs will try to get into the home or they may accidentally be brought inside by the homeowner. They love wood, newspapers, and plants. Any of these items might harbor an earwig and transfer the critter into the home when brought inside.

Signs You Have An Earwig Infestation

Identifying whether or not your home has an earwig problem is the first step to getting rid of the pest problem. Earwigs, because of their size can be easily mistaken for other pests, such as termites. Because earwigs are more active at night and are attracted to lights, you will see them flocking to exterior lighting if you have an infestation outside the home. For exterior infestations, those that have softer fruits or growing seedlings in their gardens may be more susceptible than others. Check your plants for signs of bites or for the earwig themselves. They are visible to the naked eye, so, spotting them won?t be difficult if you know where to look. Earwigs can also make their way inside the home, too. In most cases, those that live in the house will bring them in unknowingly whether it be from the vegetables planted outside, newspaper or even wood for a fireplace.

?Earwig Control / Management

It is difficult to rid your home or yard of the earwig without professional pest control services. Female earwigs will dig a hole for their eggs and can lay up to 30 eggs at a time. Females will produce one generation a year and sometimes even two. This can quickly spread to a sizable infestation, leaving some pondering, how to get rid of earwigs. While these pests are annoying, Gecko Pest Control offers effective treatments for solving the problem.

 

Prevention

Earwig Extermination

Earwigs are damaging insects; there?s no doubt about that. If you are tired of having your garden destroyed and the fruits of your labor being taken over, extermination services are the best solution. Trapping is one of the most effective ways to eliminate this pest. The habitat for earwigs are typically more moist climates and are only seen in places with shade or irrigated land, i.e., gardens. As home remedies such as leaving a bowl of fish oil in the shade may be useful for minor infestations, for major ones, having a professional set traps can be more useful and effective.

Routine Treatments For Prevention

To prevent an earwig infestation, insecticides can be used. Those that have spinosad are eco-friendly and most effective. These types of insecticides can be used as a form of prevention as well as extermination. Baits aren?t typically used since they aren?t as effective.

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