Earwigs, Silverfish & Firebrats
These insects all love moisture and dark areas. Earwigs are small black-brown insects with pincers and antennae (see image on left). Silverfish and Firebrats are silver-gray (hence the name) and about 1/2 inch long. Silverfish and Firebrats are found often chewing on books, behind wallpaper and around the inside of your home, while Earwigs are often found outdoors in very moist areas. As with all pests, prevention is always better than curing. Chemical control should be the last solution in your effort to rid your home of earwigs, silverfish and firebrats. Call Griffin Pest Solutions if you need to schedule service and create a custom pest control program to fit your needs, and check out the simple tips below to preventing earwigs, silverfish and firebrats from invading your home in the first place.
Additional Pest Information
Appearance – Stories that these insects enter the ears and lay eggs in people’s brain aren’t true. Even though they may look fierce because of the large pincers on the tail end, they actually harmless, unless you anger them. Earwigs are brown in color, and their whole body is about 2 inches long.
Biology – Adult earwigs can be found outdoors in the summer, in dark and damp places like under rocks or logs. They feed on decaying plants and sometimes feed on live and dead insects. They may find a way into homes through cracks at ground level. In the fall, many of them gather looking for a protected place to spend the winter.
Prevention – The best way to keep earwigs from getting into your home is by sealing cracks at ground level, and making sure screens are well fitted around the window frame. The best way to get rid of them from indoors is to vacuum them up and reduce humidity inside the home. Chemical treatment isn’t usually needed, unless there are a lot of them. Speak with your pest professional for advice/treatment.
Silverfish & Firebrats
Appearance – Silverfish and firebrat belong to a group of insects that don’t have wings. They have gray colored scales covering their body; they are long and thin, with a carrot-like shape that gets thinner towards the rear end. The tail is made up of three long thread like strands. They can be around 1 inch long.
Biology – These insects are common in houses, libraries and museums. They feed on paper, fabrics and cereals. They like areas where it is warm, damp and dark. In homes, they may live behind walls, holes in shelving and under baseboards.
Prevention – Keeping moisture down is an important step; things need to be kept dry. Keep them out of materials that have starch in them, like paper. Stop them from moving around by using sticky tape or chalk barrier in certain places. Temperatures lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit will stop both species’ breeding. If temperature and humidity cannot be changed, then bait and trap to get rid of some of them.
Preventing These Nocturnal Pests From Lurking In Your Home
1. Remove Moisture – These pests require a lot of moisture, so promptly remove any moisture around the house. This is especially important in areas of the house like the basement, bathrooms and kitchens.
2. Keep Rooms Clean – Routinely remove dust and physical food and debris from floors and hard surfaces, as these are great sources of food for earwigs, silverfish and firebrats.
3. Destroy Hiding Places – Close up holes and spaces around pipes and leaks. Periodically clean out closets and dark areas of your home.