Earwigs are small, flattened insects with tail-end pinchers, and close relatives of cockroaches. In many Oakland and Wayne County Michigan neighborhoods and throughout Boston, earwigs become a problem during warmer months.

Diet & Habitat

Earwigs feed on other insects and use their forceps to grab onto their prey; however, they DO NOT crawl into the ears of people and pinch their brain, as urban legend might tell.

Earwigs eat garbage waste and moist plant material and highly depend on moisture. They group together by the hundreds and try to remain unseen during daylight hours, hiding underneath rocks, or in home or business cracks and crevices.

How Earwigs Get Inside

Michigan and Boston earwigs enter homes on ground floors and can easily make their way to other parts of the house, including upper floors. Since their survival is based on being surrounded by moisture, they typically congregate in wall voids around bathrooms, kitchens, or wash room and utility areas.

To help keep earwigs away:

  • Make sure to keep organic matter away from the foundation of the home.
  • During fall months, rake leaves before snowfall.
  • Rim hedges and other plant life away from the foundation of the home to reduce earwig harborage.
  • Caulk and seal any visible entry points around the foundation and make sure to run a dehumidifier in the basement.

What proof. Does To Control Earwigs In And Around Your Home Or Business

Earwigs are a significant problem in our major service areas of South-Eastern Michigan and Boston. We are experts at treating them and earwigs are included under our Residential Insects and Spiders Service.

When our technician arrives at your home, a thorough inspection will be performed to identify the source of problem. Our initial purpose is to find as many ways to control pests by changing environmental conditions that lead to the development of infestation. After the inspection, we will try to identify ways to slow down the earwig reproduction by altering their surroundings. If your proof. certified technician feels it is necessary to apply products, he or she will do so using the safest and most effective materials.

If you are noticing an earwig problem at your home or business, please give us a call today or schedule a service online. We look forward to speaking with you!


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