As you switch your reading lamp on, you see something go scurrying across the bedside table and under a magazine. With one quick motion, you pick up the magazine and, with a shudder, come down on the intruder with a whack. Under closer inspection, the intruder turns out to be an earwig—the fifth one you’ve found this week. Time to call for insect control in Alaska!
Although the stories about earwigs crawling into people’s ears in the night and killing their victims by burrowing into their brains are nothing more than a myth, that doesn’t mean you’re ready to welcome the little buggers into your home with open arms. Earwigs tend to come into people’s homes this time of year due to the change in weather and a need to find food and water. If you have an infestation of earwigs in your home, here are a few things you can do:
- Create a buffer zone around your house: Earwigs are nocturnal and prefer to inhabit dark, damp places. Remove potential hideouts for earwigs from the near vicinity of your home to create a buffer zone around your house. Damp leaves, woodpiles and even certain lawn furniture or decorations can become hiding places for earwigs.
- Use lights: Earwigs tend to avoid the light. That’s why you’ll see them scurrying into dark corners when you turn the lights on. You can create a barrier of light around your home with outdoor lights. Place bright outdoor lights at the entrances to your home to help keep the earwigs away.
- Redirect water away from your home: Earwigs go where the water goes, so you’ll want to be sure to avoid pools of water or damp areas around your home. Make sure your gutters are clean and that any runoff water is directed away from your foundation.
- Check for potential water sources inside your home: Again, earwigs go where the water goes. That’s why you’ll often see them popping up in your bathroom or basement first. Check your home for leaky plumbing or other moisture-prone spots that could serve as a water source for an earwig. By removing potential water sources, you reduce the likeliness of earwigs finding your home a suitable place to stay.
- Hire professional insect control service: Sometimes it’s best to leave it to the professionals. If the infestation of earwigs is serious, or if none of the above tips seem to be helping, it’s time to call in your local professionals for insect control in Alaska. Our skilled technicians will not only help to remove the earwigs in your home, but they can also help identify and remove any sources of attraction that may be causing the earwigs to enter your home in the first place.
If earwigs have become a problem in your home, it’s important to deal with the problem quickly and properly. By following the tips above, you and your family can enjoy a pest-free holiday and winter season. To learn more, get in touch with Pied Piper Pest Control and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.
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