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Earwig & Silverfish Identification & Prevention

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What are earwigs and silverfish?

Earwigs and silverfish are two different pests in appearance but act very similarly regarding infestations.

Earwigs are about 1/4 to 1 inch long with dark brown coloring. They have pincers and tiny wings but rarely fly.

Silverfish are about 3/4 an inch long with metallic-looking scales. They have a tear-drop-shaped body, three-bristle-like tailed, and long antennae but are wingless.

Both of these pests are nocturnal, so you may not see them.

Are earwigs and silverfish dangerous?

Earwigs and silverfish are both considered nuisance pests, meaning they don't spread diseases to people. While this is true, these pests aren't entirely innocent.

Earwigs can bite, and although they won't break the skin, this bite can be painful and cause some irritation.

Silverfish can cause some damage due to their eating habits. This pest will eat just about anything, including soap, coffee, linen, glue, and dandruff.

While these pests pale compared to the problems caused by other home-invading pests, you should never tolerate them in your home.

Why do I have an earwig and silverfish problem?

Earwigs and silverfish are occasional invaders because they don't usually infest homes year-round but instead make their way inside as they look for a place to overwinter.

If you have earwigs or silverfish in your home, there are likely cracks in the foundation or other similar entry points.

Where will I find earwigs and silverfish?

These pests like to be in warm, dark, and damp places. Typical areas in the home you may find earwigs or silverfish include bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and garages.

How do I get rid of earwigs and silverfish?

If you see earwigs or silverfish in your home, you should look to professional pest control in Hampton Roads, VA. At Diamond Exterminators and Crawlspace Solutions, we offer control and prevention for pests like earwigs and silverfish through our general pest control services.

We customize these services to the needs of each customer. Available weekly, monthly, or quarterly, and offering two free reservices throughout the calendar year, your home will have the protection it needs year-round.

Give us a call at Diamond Exterminators and Crawlspace Solutions to learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control we provide to meet all your pest control needs.

How do I prevent earwigs and silverfish in the future?

While they aren't dangerous, no one wants these creepy-crawly pests in their house. To prevent future infestation of earwigs and silverfish, use these tips:

  • Fill in any cracks and holes in the exterior of your home; this includes repairing damaged screens, installing weatherstripping, and putting covers on vents.
  • Reduce moisture on the exterior by keeping gutters clear and removing organic debris, especially near the foundation. Repair any leaks, ensure proper ventilation, and use dehumidifiers on the interior.
  • Keep both your yard and the interior of your home clutter-free to reduce places where these pests can hide.

For more pest prevention tips, speak to one of our experts at Diamond Exterminators and Crawlspace Solutions!