Like many residents of the Jacksonville and surrounding areas, your home and property may have become overrun with earwigs. These scary-looking insects aren't destructive like termites. Also, unlike bedbugs and spiders, they don't tend to bite or sting humans. Contrary to the old wife's tale, they won't crawl in your ears while you sleep. Still, no one wants to share their home or property with them. In addition to being unsightly and a bit frightening, they sometimes release foul-smelling scents as a defense mechanism. If you've noticed increasing numbers of them on your patio, porch or deck, or if they've made their way into your home, it's time to take action.
Earwigs in Florida
More than 20 species of earwigs are found in the United States. Depending on the species, they range in size from 5 to 25 mm. These slender insects have large pincers on the backs of their abdomens, which is what makes them so intimidating looking. They also have two sets of wings, so they are capable of moving quite quickly.
Earwigs prefer living in the soil and tend to seek shelter beneath rocks, branches, mulch and other coverings. Their ideal living quarters are close to sources of food and moisture. Since they eat plants and insects, they are pretty versatile when it comes to finding new homes.
When Earwigs Invade
If you've noticed an influx of earwigs on your property or in your home, the first step in addressing the issue is to determine what's attracting them. Earwigs are drawn to light, so if you have lights on your porch, patio, deck or elsewhere on your property, they're probably being attracted by them. Try using a light that shines onto the home from out in the yard, or switch to yellow bulbs to minimize this issue.
Earwigs may also be drawn to your home because of excess moisture around its periphery. One way to control them is by creating a "dry zone" around the home and its foundation. To accomplish this, move wood piles, landscape timbers, decorative stones, logs and other items away from the home. Don't use mulch or other ground coverings immediately next to the house. Inside the home, look for areas with moisture in places like the kitchen, laundry room or bathroom, and have repairs made to prevent future moisture accumulation.
The tips above are helpful, but earwigs can be very challenge for the do-it-yourselfer to handle. Reclaim your north Florida home and property from these unsightly pests with help from Bug Out Service. We have the knowledge and expertise needed to safely and effectively eliminate earwigs from your property. For a free property evaluation, contact us today.