other-earwig Scientific Name: Dermaptera

When you first see an earwig, you might think that your home is being invaded by a disgusting little alien. An earwig’s narrow body and large pincers attached to the wrong end, make it look like the creation of a science fiction writer. You might immediately begin to wonder if their name denotes what they eat.

General Information:

First off, earwigs will not eat your ears. Nor will they climb inside to make a nest. Earwigs do like dark moist areas, but the most common place to find an earwig is under mulch and logs, in cracks, and other places that are cool during the day. Earwigs give off a pheromone that attracts other earwigs. This is the reason you will often find them in large groups. They get into your home through gaps in your weather stripping. If you bring wet towels or laundry in from outdoors, you definitely want to check for earwigs. Although they prefer wet areas like your bathroom or kitchen, you can find them anywhere inside of your home. Earwigs are invasive insects and are not native to America. Because they are not native, they have few natural predators.

Signs of an Infestation:

The best way to know if you have an infestation of earwigs inside of your home is by finding earwigs. When disturbed, earwigs will produce a foul smelling odor.


If your home is being invaded by earwigs, Pointe Pest Control is here to help. Our professional technicians have years of hands on experience with pest control. We understand earwigs. Our technicians will be able to identify how they are getting into your home. Once the potential entry points are sealed, your home will be more secure from earwig invasion. You can help reduce the number of earwigs living around your home by creating a dry zone. If you reduce dense vegetation around your home, you will help reduce the earwig population. Cleaning up leaves and other debris will also help. When you want earwigs eliminated, Pointe Pest Control is just a phone call away.

Andrew IsraelsenEARWIGS