A very happy Wednesday to all you Tri-County Pest Control fans out there.  Today, we invite you to join us, as we give you our latest installment of our favorite Wednesday tradition.  Keep on reading to see some interesting facts about the earwig in our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday!

Earwigs are without a doubt one of the creepiest looking critters out there.  Poised with a slender, scaly body and some intimidating pincers on their rear end, it’s no wonder why many people try their hardest to keep these creepy crawlies out of their homes.  This time of year, you can expect the earwig population to rise, as they are starting to find shelter to hunker down for the rest of the winter, and your moist basement might just be the perfect spot for them.

Despite their penchant to find a nice place to stay for the winter, you can be assured that earwigs will not be harmless…so long as you don’t disturb them.  Indeed, earwigs are not venomous, nor do they transmit disease.  However, if you disturb them or are brave enough to pick them up, you may very well find yourself at the mercy of their pincers as a mechanism of their self-defense.  The sting will hurt, but should go away in a matter of days.  Regardless, you should try your best to keep these pests out of your home, lest little Johnny thinks that these critters can be played with.

So long as you can remove debris from the side of your home such as grass and wood chippings, you’ll be able to limit the area in which these guys can hide.  What’s more, is that if you can make sure that the door is the only way into your home (that there are no cracks or stripped weather stripping) you should be looking good.  As always, you can reach out to us for a customized and approachable pest-defense plan, to ensure that earwigs will stay out of your hair, all winter long.

Enjoy your Wednesday, and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday!

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