Our earwig extermination service is the best and most effective way to rid your home or business of earwigs for good.

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Terminix Canada has earwig extermination you can rely on. Our earwig control gets to the root of infested areas to liberate your space.

Earwig Identification

Size: 5 to 16 mm long.

Colour: Dark brown to black with pale yellow-brown legs.

Description: Dark coloured insects with pale yellow-brown wings and legs, and a pincer (cerci) at the end of their abdomen.

Order/Family: Dermaptera/Forficulidae.

Scientific Name: Forficula Auriculana.

Did You Know?

Earwigs gain their name from the European myth that they crawl into people’s ears while sleeping. This is scientifically unproven.

Earwig Biology

Adult earwigs grow up to 16 mm long and are typically dark brown to black in colour with a red head and pale yellow-brown legs. Their bodies are elongated and flattened.

Intimidating looking insects with pincers (cerci) at the end of their abdomen, the reality is that earwigs are virtually harmless. Earwigs only use their pincers when they need to protect themselves from other insects. Ultimately, earwigs are simply looking for water sources in your home or business. That’s why they’re often discovered in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

Earwig Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle

On average, earwigs typically live for one year. Female earwigs lay batches of around 50 eggs in nest-like shallow depressions below boards or stones.

Earwigs generally live outdoors and feed on plant material. They are highly active at night and hide during the day under any cloak of concealment. Earwigs are outdoor insects that become household pests when they invade structures. This occurs usually in the fall or at night. Indoors, they are found in cracks and crevices, and under furniture and carpeting.

Wondering How To Get Rid Of Earwigs?

The best way to get rid of earwigs is to contact Terminix Canada. Our residential and commercial earwig extermination gets the results you need.

Although earwig infestations are rare, they still occur. Backed by over 90 years of pest control experience, our team know exactly how to deal with troublesome earwigs discovered in your home or business.

We’ll use safe chemical treatments in key areas of your property including the foundation, around doorframes, around lower windows, and along baseboards.

Elsewhere, DIY methods of earwig control include:

  • Sealing any structural entryway with silicone-based caulk.
  • Removing moist harbourages like woodpiles, landscape timbers, and mulch.
  • Trimming overhanging vegetation beside your property.
  • Adjusting outdoor lighting so it shines away from the home.
  • Ensuring gutters and downspouts drain away from a property’s foundation.
  • Dehumidifying moist areas of your home such as damp basements.

Terminix Canada Earwig Extermination Can Help You

Our earwig extermination service is the best and most effective way to rid your home or business of earwigs for good.

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