Should I Be Worried About Earwigs In My Frederick Garden?

October 15, 2020

If you have gardened long enough, you have probably heard about earwigs. These small pests with pincers are extremely common around yards and gardens. The only question is, are they a threat to your veggies, fruits, and flowers? To help you better understand earwigs and the problems they can cause around Frederick yards, here are a few things you should know.

an earwig crawling on a pear in a kitchen

A Bit About Earwigs

A long time ago, someone looked at an earwig and came to the assumption that they can crawl into people’s ears and lay eggs next to their brain. Thankfully, someone disproved this myth decades ago. Although these pests do look scary with their hind pincers, wings, and reddish black color, they pose no serious threat to humans. The worst they might do is pinch you and possibly leave a small cut in your skin.

Although these pests do possess two pairs of wings, they are not the best flyers. The only time they use their wings is when they have to jump from a high location and need them to slow their fall. Depending on their species, earwigs can grow to be anywhere from 5-25mm long. Certain species will emit a foul odor when interacted with or squished. Earwigs also produce pheromones that attract other earwigs to them. This is why it is common to see them in large number groupings.

Where You Might Find Earwigs

The habits of earwigs will vary depending on the species; however, most prefer to live in cool moist environments. Nocturnal by nature, earwigs will seek out cracks, crevices, and other damp and cool locations to hide during the day. In your yard, you might find these pests burrowed under rocks, logs, or inside mulch. One thing that draws earwigs to properties is exterior lights. If you keep your porch lit at night, you may find many of these pests around when you come out in the morning. Be sure to be very careful before you sit on outdoor seating as earwigs could be hiding under the cushions.

Are Earwigs Bad For Your Garden?

Earwigs live on a diet of plants and insects. Fortunately, this type of behavior will not leave your garden barren. The worst it can do is leave you wondering about the chew marks that are on your vegetables and flowers. Ragged edges or holes found on flower petals and or leaves might point to an earwig infestation around your yard.

Prevention Tips For Earwigs

Earwigs are preventable in three ways. First, you must reduce harborage opportunities around your property. The fewer places these pests have to hide, the better. Second, you need to address moisture problems that draw in earwigs. These pests will be much less likely to stick around on your property if they are uncomfortable. Finally, you need to seal off your home and garden so these pests cannot get in. Do this by making sure all of your window and door screens are in good repair, filling in gaps in your home’s exterior foundation using a caulking gun, and by keeping unscreened doors and windows closed as much as possible.

How To Eliminate Earwigs

When it comes to eliminating and preventing earwigs, there is no-one better suited for the task than Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care. We are not only equipped with the training and tools needed to keep your lawn happy and healthy, but also to fight any pest that threatens your garden and your landscaping. Give us a call today to find out more about our lawn care services, or to schedule a visit for your Frederick property. We promise you will not be disappointed.

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