Earwig Control: How to Get Rid of Earwigs

Earwigs (Dermaptera: Insecta)

Earwigs are shiny, brown, fast moving insects 1 1/2 cm long with a pair of forceps (or pinchers) at the end of the abdomen. Their pincers are commonly believed to be dangerous, but cause little to no harm to humans. Earwigs are found in abundance in the Pacific Northwest and Washington state. They live under or inside debris in soil or on the soil surface. Frequently, they hide under boards, rocks, etc., feeding on dead organic matter as well as a wide variety of plants and some insects.

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General Facts/Information of Earwigs

Earwigs seldom bite, but will try to pinch when disturbed. In houses, they can become a nuisance by hiding in bedding, under dishes, papers, etc. These pests usually can be easily controlled with residual sprays; however, generally the bets control is to eliminate hiding places such as weed and compost piles from the immediate vicinity of the house. Earwigs are nocturnal and inhabit small crevices, living in small amounts of debris, in various forms such as bark and fallen logs. It is a common urban legend that earwigs crawl into the human ear and lay eggs in our brains. In all of our years of working as a pest control operator, we here at Pest Fighter have yet to find any earwigs in anyone's brain. If you believe your earwig infestation to be in the brain and not in the home, we recommend you call a doctor.

Pest Fighter pest control company is a professional, licensed and insured pest control operator (PCO) located in the Greater Seattle area, serving King County, Pierce County and Snohomish County. Pest Fighter not only prevents pest problems, but we offer an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solution for both treating pest problems and monitoring for the presence of pests and pest damage. For help in controlling earwigs in your area of Washington, contact your local Pest Fighter or pest control operator (or PCO).