Earwigs

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Professional Earwig Pest Control Tucson AZ

The earwig is an alarming sight, in the middle of the night on your way to the bathroom. The earwig is a member of the Dermaptera order, which has more than 900 other members as well. The long, slender body is about 2 inches in length, excluding the Saint Helena giant earwig species that is about 3 inches long. The insect’s most unique feature is its “cerci,” appendages that protrude from the abdomen. The earwig cerci are curved and operate like a chef tong or a surgeon forceps.

An old tale claims the earwig was initially discovered living in the brain of a human. After infiltrating the brain, the earwig reproduced. The story goes on the say, the earwig access the human brain via an ear canal. Of course, the story is just that, as no evidence was ever discovered to validate it.

Why Are Earwigs Taking Over My Basement In Tucson?

The earwig meets the criteria to be classified as an occasional invader, an insect species that invade buildings occasionally. There are several reasons why earwigs infiltrate homes and businesses. The main reason is overwintering, a dormant state that earwigs are in throughout the winter season, indoors. Earwigs do not like to overwinter in their natural habitat because their bodies are exposed to low temperatures, icy rain, cold winds, and snow.

Small crevices and gaps are utilized to infiltrate buildings before overwintering is set to begin. With this said, the earwig species do not like the high temperatures that go along with the summer season. This is how the insect occasionally finds itself indoors when the temperatures soar over 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do Earwigs Transmit Disease To Humans?

No, earwigs have not been scientifically linked to human diseases. The insect does not feed on pantry foods or crumbs from the last meal. However, these insects will feed on various house plant species. If you have houseplants, it is likely they will be endangered by the earwig. The insect’s cerci are not strong enough to pierce the skin of humans or animals. And, you never need to be concerned about stings.

Are Earwigs Difficult To Get Rid Of In Crawlspaces And Basements?

They can be because of their nocturnal behavior. These insects are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night and inactive during the daylight hours. Since most humans have a reverse schedule, earwigs can go undetected for weeks or months. In other words, the nocturnal earwig may not be discovered living in homes or businesses for months because they only make their presence at night.

Even worse, most property owners do not access their crawlspaces or basements very often unless they are encapsulated or made into a living space. Earwigs are drawn to dark, damp, warm, and discrete hiding spots.

What Can I Do To Eradicate The Earwigs Living In My Basement?

Now, you have detected the earwigs in your basement, it is time to take the appropriate action. The appropriate action is a toss-up for most property owners, as it depends on finances, accessibility, and availability. Many property owners do not have the time to spare for a pest control project. Others do not want to invest the time because their skills are lacking and/or they are not physically capable of crawling into their basement.

Whatever the case may be, our exterminators in Tuscon are available to assist. Our exterminators possess the skills, time, and physicality to access the area where the earwigs are hiding out. They also possess the right equipment to eradicate the earwigs on the spot.

When Can I Expect The Exterminator To Be Dispatched To My Tuscon Property?

Processing a pest inspection request can take between 24 and 48 hours in most cases. Our customer support team is well-qualified to process service requests, but the demand for our service is extremely high beginning in the late spring, running through the fall season.

Will My Pets Be Exposed To Chemicals During The Treatment Process?

No, we never treat homes with chemical pesticides while it is occupied by humans and/or animals. The earwig-infested home must be vacated by all occupants, including pets before the exterminator will agree to initiate treatment. There is one exclusion to this rule. This exclusion is eco-friendly pest control products, such as organic and natural insecticides. These formulas do not contain harmful ingredients, only pesticides that originate from natural sources.

What Can I Do To Prevent A Future Earwig Infiltration Of My Home?

There is one thing you can do, which is to repair and update all the vulnerable structural components of your home. This includes cracks, gaps, and crevices in window and door frames, air conditioner vents, and entrance door thresholds. Utilize a small dab of caulk or silicone to seal all earwig access points.

We also suggest improving air circulation in damp areas of your home. Basements and crawlspaces are notorious for high humidity and earwigs.

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