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Learn about Earwigs In Southern California. Earwigs are extremely common in Orange County and San Diego County California.

August 15, 2022
Written By:  
Thomas Poole

Need to Know Facts…

You might have heard that earwigs will crawl into people’s ears while they sleep. Fortunately, this is just a myth with no scientific backing. While earwigs may not be dangerous, they still aren’t fun to have around.

Many different species of earwig live in Southern California. Most earwig species generally live in damp and wet places. They eat decaying plants and vegetation, as well as live sprouts. If earwigs get into your home, they usually snack on oily foods, greasy foods, sweet foods, and even old spills left behind on your kitchen counter.

Earwigs often look intimidating because of the forceps, or pincers, protruding from the back of their abdomen. They use these pincers to spar with other earwigs and for self-defense, but a pinch from these pincers is not venomous and often does not even break the skin.

How Did I Get Earwigs?

Earwigs enter into homes and commercial buildings through small, unsealed cracks. crevices and open doors. They usually enter homes in search of food or to escape from unfavorable weather conditions. Once inside, earwigs prefer to settle in rooms of the house with water sources, such as the bathroom, the laundry room, and the kitchen.

Earwigs are also attracted to light, which is why you may find earwigs on your porch or patio during the evening while your porch light is on.

How to Get Rid of Earwigs…

If earwigs are inconveniencing your home life or commercial residence, then Harper Pest Control has a solution for you! Once inside your home, earwigs like to hide away in dark places, but we know where they hide! Our CleanGreen crack and crevice treatments will flush them out of harborage areas inside and we will create a barrier around the outside of your property, keeping the earwigs out of your house and off of your porch.

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