Have you ever had that horrible nightmare where you feel a bug crawl into your ear and dig a hole in your brain? Anytime we have a bug infestation, we probably have the fear this will happen.

The bug that we most likely picture in our minds is the earwig. What is an earwig? How can we prevent them or get rid of them?

What is an Earwig?

An Earwig, more commonly known as a pincher bug, received its name based on the myth that it crawled into a person’s ear and ate into their brain. The nickname comes from the scary looking pincer-like appendages in their abdomen.

Pincher bugs look similar to an ant in the upper part of the body. They can range from a black color to a brownish color. Some species can have small stripes or even a reddish coloring.

Pincher bugs not only look like a real threat, but they also move really fast making anyone react in fear. As if this isn’t enough, they can congregate in large numbers.

The truth is that they only look menacing; they are harmless. The pincher bug uses them as a defense mechanism against other insects and causes little to no harm to humans. Even if, for some odd reason, they bite you, it isn’t painful.

How to Prevent Pincher Bugs

To prevent pincher bugs from invading our home, we must understand the things that attract them. They are nocturnal creatures that are attracted to bright lights, so they will find places like patios or porches to make their home.

The diet of the pincher bug consists of leaves, flowers, and the insects that inhabit and eat these. It’s important then to constantly check any greenery that’s in your home.

Pincher bugs are also attracted to moisture. You want to make sure that your home you seal any cracks or holes that are visible on the outside of your home. If you have garden areas around your home, these could attract them and use such gaps to make their way inside.

How to Get Rid of Pincher Bugs

The first go-to solution is using pesticides that will penetrate a pincher bug’s skin and kill them. 

Some of these include:

  • Azadirachtin
  • Diatomaceous Earth
  • Pyrethrin

Using a pesticide is not always the safest solution to your pest problem. Mixtures that can be used in your home to lure and kill pincher bugs include:

  • Soap and water
  • Water with rubbing alcohol
  • Oil-based liquids 

A natural way to help get rid of these pests is why attracting one of their biggest predators around your home. Bird feeders and houses will not only make your home look lovelier, but the birds they bring around will feed on pincher bugs.

Hire the Pest Pros

If time after time you find yourself trying to get rid of pincher bugs with no success, you might need to hire an exterminator. At YES Pest Control we have proven to be an efficient, reliable, and green solution to your local pest problems.

Contact us today and let us help you take back control of your home.