Where Are All These Earwigs Around My Idaho Falls Home Coming From?

May 15, 2023

The earwig has been in the United States since the early 1900s. These terrifying-looking bugs have a rich history surrounded by scary myths and urban legends. Despite what its name suggests, this unique bug will likely not get anywhere near your ear. Instead, they are happy to live in your yard, eating dead leaves and other decaying vegetation.

You commonly find earwigs in your garden, but it can be alarming when they enter your home. If you see earwigs in your home, don't worry, we are here to help. At Falls Pest Services, we are the premier Idaho Falls pest control company. We have over a decade of experience dealing with earwigs, and we can help you successfully identify and eliminate these creepy creatures from your home.

earwig on yellow flower

What Are These Little Black Bugs Around My Idaho Falls Home?

Earwig bugs in Idaho Falls arguably have one of the most intimidating appearances. They are typically about an inch long and have dark brown or black bodies. They also have two long antennae, six legs, and a pair of wings that lie against their bodies and almost look invisible when not in use. One of the most noticeable features of the earwig is its large pincers that protrude out of the rear of the body and are more prominent in male bugs. 

The earwig's pincers make most people run in fear when they see this bug. The combination of its long and thin body with the scary-looking pincers is how this bug got its name and its bad reputation. Over a century ago, a common myth suggested that these bugs would crawl into your ears at night when you were sleeping. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. Earwigs will go out of their way to stay away from humans. They are not known to be aggressive towards humans and don't bite or sting. These bugs do have the ability to pinch, but it rarely breaks the skin, and they only do so if they are handled or feel extremely threatened. 

Common Mistakes Homeowners Make To Attract Earwigs

Earwigs are nocturnal animals that are less active during the day. They are carnivores that like to eat insects and rotten fruit found on the ground. While they prefer to live outdoors, there are times when they will come into your home to seek shelter, food, or water. 

When it comes to eating, earwigs are not too picky. If earwigs are in your home, they will eat out of your garbage can and consume any crumbs or other food particles they can find around your home. If your trash can is heaping full all of the time, or you don't clean up food crumbs and spills immediately, you may be attracting earwigs to your home. 

How You Can Prevent Earwigs In And Around Your Home

Are you wondering how to keep earwigs out of the house? Some of the things that you can do to prevent earwigs from entering your home include:

  • Don't stack firewood near your home.
  • Remove piles of leaves from your yard.
  • Eliminate gaps and cracks in your exterior walls and foundation.
  • Make sure that water is able to drain away from your home properly.

Earwigs like moist areas and are commonly found in bathrooms and other areas that have high humidity. To keep earwigs out of your home, you should keep your home well-ventilated and as dry as possible. 

How Professional Treatment Can Keep Your Idaho Falls Home Earwig-Free

At Falls Pest Services, our home pest control service professionals use the latest techniques and the highest quality treatments to ensure that earwigs leave your Idaho Falls home and never return. If you want a quick and effective solution to your earwig problem and to prevent an earwig infestation, call us today and request a free quote!

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