How to Prevent Earwigs from Entering Your Home

November 25, 2019 3:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There’s no getting around it: earwigs are not exactly the sort of roommates you want to invite into your home. They’re not especially dangerous—no, they won’t climb into your ears and lay eggs in your brain, despite what you may have heard—but like all unwelcome visitors, they’re annoying and inconvenient. Earwigs carry harmful bacteria, but more importantly, they can indicate that other pests (such as carpenter ants) may be present, or that water damage and rotting wood are inside your home.

Earwigs like cool, wet conditions that offer them a food source, but they may come inside when the weather is particularly terrible outdoors. If you want to make sure earwigs stay outside of your home, then your best bet is to make your home inhospitable to these pests. Here are the best ways to prevent earwigs in Alaska from getting into your home:

Mind the gap: Look around the interior, exterior and foundation of your home. Are there any cracks or gaps? Do you see any holes? Take the time to seal them up with liquid cement or caulk until you can get them professionally addressed. Make sure to look at your window screens and any other potential points of entry.

Dry everything: Next, check around your home and garden for anything that has collected moisture (or that might in the future). Wood piles and leaves are notorious for collecting moisture and rotting, which is great for earwigs in Alaska.

Prune back: How much vegetation is around your home? Do you have mulch? It might be time to do some serious pruning, and replace your mulch with a dry landscaping material that won’t attract pests. It might not be as aesthetically pleasing, but neither are earwigs.

Fans and dehumidifiers: Since earwigs like cool, moist environments, you can use fans and dehumidifiers to make the environment a lot less hospitable for their preferences. Just be careful that you don’t overdo it—humans can get sick when the air is too dry.

Call the professionals: Sometimes it’s best to outsource the problem to the pros. Pest control companies like Pied Piper Pest Control have been tackling earwig problems for decades, and can spot potential issues better than a novice. We’re also skilled at solving any infestations you already have to prevent any more in the future.

Get rid of earwigs and pincher bugs in Alaska
When you’ve got a problem with earwigs or are dealing with any other kind of infestation in your home, call Pied Piper Pest Control. Locally owned and operated, we have built a reputation for providing unparalleled service to the residents and businesses of Alaska for over 50 years. Our team of highly skilled and knowledgeable technicians specializes in a wide range of different pest control services, including insects, rodents, ornamental tree pests, birds, squirrels and more. Whatever your problem may be, we can handle it. Call us today to find out how we can help you. We look forward to working with you soon!

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