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Creepiest of the Creepy! How to Get Rid of Earwigs

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How to Get Rid of EarwigsAs soon as you see one of these beauties, you’ll want to know how to get rid of earwigs. Why? They’re disgusting. Just seeing one of these bugs will leave you with the heebie-jeebies for hours. The truth is, though, earwigs aren’t likely to hurt you or your property, their presence is an indication your home is too attractive to pests.

Clear up the following problems, and you’ll get rid of creepy crawlies of all kinds, including earwigs:

Declutter to ward off these not-so-dangerous pests.

There’s something deeply unsettling about posterior pinchers. They look painful and dangerous—possibly deadly. Surely this has something to do with the scorpion, but thankfully the earwig is no relation. Regardless, you’ll want to do whatever you can to get rid of these unsettling houseguests, and it starts with simple decluttering.

Earwigs love garbage. They thrive on moist cardboard or anything else that’s breaking down. Go through your storage spaces and swap out boxes for plastic or metal containers to lower your risk of attracting pests—whether they’re earwigs or something that’s really dangerous.

Contain any food in your home.

Like ants, earwigs have been known to indulge on crumbs and snacks left out in the open. Seeing one doesn’t mean your home is a pigpen, but it’s a good idea to keep your food in sealed containers. Earwigs aren’t known for transporting disease, but they are not as fastidious as ants, so there’s a chance they’ll drag germs to your plate from their other travels.

Patch any plumbing problems.

Moisture, especially slow leaks and standing water, acts as a beacon to bugs of all kinds. While they make you more uncomfortable to see, it truly is a blessing to only have earwigs to deal with. They don’t spread disease. They don’t destroy your property. They don’t even travel in groups.

Earwigs are solitary, with one exception. As a species, they care for their young through their first two molts. The same water that draws an earwig to your property can attract serious baddies, like cockroaches and termites. Make sure you take advantage of the advance warning, and hire a plumber for immediate repairs. Fixing these issues and taking measures to prevent them in the future increases the chances of your home staying free of pests.

Hire a pest professional if you want to know how to get rid of earwigs.

Because earwigs are solitary creatures, they may hide out of plain sight. This can make them incredibly difficult to find. While seeing one is not indicative of an infestation, it should be assumed more are nearby. Take the steps needed to clear them out and keep them away—along with other insects. A professional pest controller can do the job swiftly and at a savings from what you’d spend on DIY materials.

Learn how to get rid of earwigs right away, and forgo getting the willies—and any number of other pests. Call North Fulton Pest Solutions today at 770-475-7419 to set up an appointment, or to ask your questions about how to get rid of earwigs.