We got earwigs everywhere around the city. Is that the same anywhere else ? Creepy little buggers.
... not in TO although we do have other creepy bigger buggers (humans and bed-bugs). Their presence is most likely caused by the wet weather plus stuffs for them to feed off, even though this article says an infestation is unlikely. Here're some prevention methods from same article (expert exterminator):We got earwigs everywhere around the city. Is that the same anywhere else ? Creepy little buggers.
The most important part of controlling earwigs is eliminating their hiding places. If the earwig harborages are not addressed, insecticide application will probably not control earwigs very well. There are a variety of things that can be done.
Around the Home
- Clean Up - Move landscape timbers, logs, decorative stones, and firewood piles away from the foundation.
- Eliminate Moist Soil - Create a zone next to the foundation that is free of mulch, dead leaves, and other organic material. The “dry zone” should be 6” to 12” wide so that earwigs will avoid it.
- Trim Overhanging Branches - Trim trees and shrubs that cause damp, shady areas near the house.
- Proper Drainage is Key - Examine gutters and downspouts to make sure they drain away from the foundation. Set irrigation systems so that they water in the morning and allow the landscape to dry during the day.
- Switch Up Exterior Lighting - Adjust outdoor lights to shine from the yard onto the house – insects will be attracted away from the house. If moving outside light fixtures is not practical, consider changing light bulbs to yellow bulbs since white lights are more attractive to insects.
- Secure Possible Entry Points - Repair screens on crawl space vents and make sure the vents are not blocked.
- Dry Out Moisture-Prone Areas - A dehumidifier might help in a damp basement.
we've had'em forever. they go in cycles....some years lots, some years not so bad...