Earwigs: How To Spot, Prevent and Get Rid of These Creepy Crawlers

If you live in Toronto, chances are you’ll run into some unwelcome house guests at some point – earwigs! In this article, we’ll go over how to spot and identify these pesky critters, as well as the best methods for preventing and eliminating them from your home. Read on to get the ultimate guide on pest control for earwigs in Toronto!

Overview of Earwigs in Toronto

Earwigs are small, dark-coloured insects that are often found in gardens and homes. These pests are known for their distinctive pincers, which they use to feed on plant matter and other insects. While earwigs can be a nuisance, they are not known to transmit diseases or cause significant damage to property.

There are a few different species of earwigs that are commonly found in Toronto, including the common European earwig (Forficula auricularia) and the black earwig (Forficula nigra). Earwigs are most active at night and during the cooler months of the year. During the day, they typically hide in dark, moist places such as under rocks or in mulch.

If you suspect that you have an earwig infestation, you may see these pests crawling on your walls, floors or furniture. You may also find them in your clothing or shoes. If you spot an earwig, it is important to remove it from your home as soon as possible to prevent an infestation.

There are a few different ways to get rid of earwigs from your home, including using traps and insecticides. However, the best way to prevent an infestation is to eliminate potential hiding spots and entry points into your home.

How to Identify an Earwig Infestation

If you think you may have an earwig infestation, there are a few things you can look for to be sure. Earwigs are most active at night, so one telltale sign is finding them in your home after dark. You may also find them in groups near sources of moisture, such as in bathrooms or kitchens. Look for small, dark brown bugs with pincers on their tail end. If you see any bugs fitting this description, it’s likely you have an earwig problem.

To confirm that you have an infestation, try setting out a small dish of soapy water overnight. In the morning, check the dish to see if any earwigs have been caught. If you find more than a few, it’s time to take action to get rid of them.

There are a few different ways to get rid of earwigs, depending on how severe your infestation is. For smaller problems, you can try using traps or bait stations. These may help reduce the number of earwigs in your home. If you have a more serious infestation, however, you may need to contact TruTech Pest And Wildlife Control to assess and effectively treat the infestation.

Preventative Measures for Controlling Earwigs

There are a few preventative measures you can take to help control earwigs in your home:

-Seal up any cracks or openings around your home’s foundation and exterior walls. Earwigs can squeeze through very small spaces, so it’s important to make sure there are no entry points for them.

-Keep your yard clean and free of debris. If earwigs have somewhere to hide during the day, they’ll be more likely to invade your home at night.

-Remove any potential food sources from around your property. Earwigs are attracted to moist places, so get rid of any standing water and keep gutters clear. You should also trim back any overgrown vegetation since earwigs love hiding in dense foliage.

Treatment Options to Control Earwigs

If you’re dealing with an earwig infestation, there are a few different treatment options you can choose from. You can try to control them yourself with store-bought insecticides, hire a professional exterminator, or take some preventative measures to keep them away in the first place.

If you decide to go the DIY route, there are a few different methods you can try. Many people recommend using diatomaceous earth, as it’s a natural substance that won’t harm your plants or animals, or insecticides. Whichever product you choose, be sure to follow the instructions carefully and apply it to any areas where earwigs are likely to congregate.

If you’d rather not deal with the hassle of treating earwigs yourself, you can always hire TruTech Pest And Wildlife Control. We’ll be able to quickly identify the extent of your infestation and come up with a treatment plan that will get rid of the earwigs for good. This is usually the best option if you have a serious infestation, as it can be very difficult to completely eliminate them on your own.

Natural Alternatives to Get Rid of Earwigs

If you’re looking for natural alternatives to get rid of earwigs, there are a few things you can try.

One option is to mix together equal parts water and white vinegar, and then pour this mixture into a spray bottle. You can then use this spray to mist areas where you’ve seen earwigs, or any other areas where you think they might be hiding.

Another natural earwig repellent is diatomaceous earth, which you can sprinkle around the perimeter of your home or garden.

You can also try making a trap by rolling up a piece of paper into a tube, and then putting it into an empty container with some bait inside (earwigs are attracted to things like overripe fruit or vegetables).

Finally, if you have pets, make sure to keep them away from areas where earwigs might be present, as they could accidentally eat one and become sick.

Earwigs can be an unsettling pest to have in your home, but with the right knowledge, you can easily spot and get rid of them. It is important to understand their behaviour and lifecycle as well as how to prevent them from entering your house so that they don’t become a recurring problem. By following these tips, you should be able to keep earwigs out of your home for good!

Reviewed By Matthew Sawyer

Matthew is the founder and business director of TruTech Pest & Wildlife Control. A Structural Exterminator with government licensure and training from Guelph University. As a dedicated member of both the Canadian Pest Management Association and the Structural Pest  Management Association of Ontario, he takes great pride in his profession.

Matthew’s extensive experience has made him a valuable and forward-thinking  member of the pest control community. He consistently strives to improve the  effectiveness and environmental impact of pest and wildlife control methods.

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