Growing up, I lived in a sprawling farmhouse in the country. This beautiful home was constantly filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of delectable food being prepared in the kitchen. Unfortunately, our home was often invaded by some unwanted guests, ants. Pesky ants would welcome themselves into our living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. One night, I crawled into my bed only to discover I wasn’t alone. Ants had somehow climbed onto my bed! These destructive ants even ate holes in some of the clothing hanging in my closet. Is your home filled with unwanted, biting ants? On this blog, you will discover the latest methods pest control specialists use to rid homes of pesky ants.
If you see a lot of holes in plant leaves and blooms that you have planted outside, know that there are many types of pests that can cause this. One type of pest that you may have causing this is earwigs. Below is information about this pesky insect, as well as tips on how to get the earwigs out of your yard so you can grow beautiful plants and flowers.
What Earwigs Look Like
Earwigs are generally easy to spot as they are not tiny insects. They look very odd as they have pincers that protrude from their abdomen. This may look scary to you but if anyone in your home is bitten, know that these are not poisonous insects.
Depending on the type of earwigs that you have at your house, an adult will range from 5 to 25 millimeters. These insects are slender and have two sets of wings on their body. Most earwigs do not fly at all but there are some species that do. If you have this type, you will see them fly only a short distance at a time.
Earwigs can be hard to find as they do run very fast and they only come out at night. They do love the light so if you have a porch light or any type of landscape lighting you will see earwigs around these lights.
Get Rid of Earwigs
There are many things you can do to get these pesky insects out of your garden. You may also find some earwigs in your home as they will seek shelter if it is cold outside. If you do see them in your home, you should contact a pest control company to remove them. The pest control company will come to your home and determine what species of earwigs you have. They will then develop a plan to remove them from your home.
The pest control company can also spray outside to get rid of the earwigs that are harming your plants and flowers. There are also some things you can try on your own to remove these pests. If you do not have a lot of plants, you can use petroleum jelly. Spread this around the plant stems. Earwigs will not crawl over petroleum jelly.
You can make an oil trap using olive oil and soy sauce. Put equal parts of the oil and soy sauce into a small plastic container with a plastic, secure lid. Punch holes on the top of the lid and then bury the plastic container in the ground with only the lid of the container showing near the affected plants. The earwigs will be attracted to the smell of the soy sauce and olive oil. Once they climb into the holes they cannot crawl out.
The pest control company can give you much more information about earwigs and how to prevent them from coming back again.