Everything Charlotte Residents Should Know About Earwigs

May 10, 2022

Charlotte has a lot of unique flora and fauna, and that also means there are a lot of pests. One of those unique pests that can come into your Charlotte home is earwigs, and it can be somewhat difficult to actually get rid of earwigs in your home. Earwigs come in large numbers and hide in shady areas, making them hard to find. Earwigs are not dangerous, but are nuisances nonetheless. Get the safest pest control in Charlotte, Aruza Pest Control, to keep your home pest-free.

an earwig crawling on a kitchen counter

Do Earwigs Harm Humans?

One of the main misconceptions about earwigs that come from their name is that they crawl into your ear. In reality, though, these pests do not crawl into your ear and you actually will almost never find an earwig bite on your body. These pests have forceps-like appendages that extend off the bottom of their abdomen called cerci. What many people think is an earwig bite is really an earwig pinch.

Thankfully, these earwig pinches are not dangerous. They can be painful, but no venom is transferred and these pinches can rarely break the skin. These pests are also scared of you, trying to hide from humans. The only time that they will pinch you is if you pick them up and they feel threatened.

The biggest threat that an earwig infestation in your Charlotte home poses is an unpleasant odor when they are disturbed, and they can easily contaminate the dry goods in your home that they like to consume. These pests collect in large numbers, so if left alone for too long, you can easily have a lot of earwigs in your house that become more than just a simple nuisance. 

Is There Anything Good About Having Earwigs In Your Home?

Earwigs typically collect outside of your home and you will only actually find earwigs in your house if the conditions outside are no longer hospitable. They will move inside if it is really dry or hot, or if there is heavy rain. These pests can also accidentally move into your home through cardboard boxes or potted plants.

When they are outside, an earwig infestation is not much of a problem, as these pests eat many other bugs that can cause issues in and around your home. Earwigs like to eat aphids, snails, and the larvae of other insects that can potentially pose problems in the future for your home or your plants and garden. 

The Major Earwig Myth

One big myth about earwigs is that they crawl into your ear and bore into your brain. This is decidedly untrue and has no supporting evidence, but it is still a common myth. This superstition has pervaded for so long that many people believe that the name earwig comes from this behavior. Though earwigs do not go into your ear, they are still a nuisance pest that should be removed, and the most effective way to do this is with the professionals at Aruza Pest Control.

How To Keep Earwigs Away From Your Charlotte Home

At Aruza Pest Control, we understand pests are not wanted. That is why we can help get rid of earwigs as well as any other pest that finds its way to your home. We offer comprehensive home and commercial pest control as well as superior customer service so that we can get rid of any pests you have and keep them from returning. We will inspect your home and after finding where these pests like to live and feed, we will implement our eco-friendly pest solutions so that you can go back to living pest-free.

Before earwigs even come onto your property, there are some preventive measures you can take to keep them away, such as:

  • Seal cracks and crevices in the outside of your home with a silicone-based caulk.
  • Properly ventilate areas such as basements, and fix leaky pipes and fixtures.
  • Inspect plants and boxes before bringing them into your home.

These are just a few of the things that you can do, but they will help in keeping away these pests as well as any other potential invaders that could mess up your property. If you do find yourself with an earwig infestation in your home, one call to Aruza Pest Control is the first step to a pest-free home.

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