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The common name of earwig comes from an old European superstition that these insects enter the ears of sleeping people and bore into the brain. This belief is not true. Earwigs are worldwide in distribution. They started to appear in West Michigan after migration from the South in the late 1980s.

Earwigs typically winter-over outdoors as adults in protected areas. The females lay eggs and tend to their newly hatched nymphs underground. Earwigs are nocturnal or active at night and hide during the day in moist dark places. Neither the eggs nor nymphs can withstand long periods of dryness. Earwigs feed on live or dead plants and/or insects. Earwigs mainly live outdoors and occasionally invade homes.


The key to help controlling Earwigs is the removal of plant debris and objects such as firewood or boards which tend to hold moisture and harboring sites. Normally a one-time application that is guaranteed for 60 days will eliminate the problem in and around your home for the season; call us for full guarantee details. We would treat with a water base material in cracks and crevices in moisture areas on the interior of your home and in crack and crevices on the exterior along with perimeter treatment of your home. This service will also help control most all crawling insects.