One of our customers asked us if earwigs really crawled into your ear. Well, that’s not really a possibility. It falls into the myth category. But earwigs are a nuisance and homeowners do not want them in their homes in western Pennsylvania this fall.

What are Earwigs?

While earwigs do not crawl into anyone’s ear, although any small insect can – they got their name from the fear that they could do so. Admittedly, they look like they could. Earwigs are reddish-brown insects that have two pairs of wings, six legs, and long, thin bodies.


While they look like they could sting or bite they are harmless – however, they can get into food and cause you to have to throw it out.

How do you keep earwigs outside this fall?

We have covered a number of fall prevention techniques and many of them apply to earwigs – but here is a summary of the items that you need to pay attention to keep earwigs outside your Western PA home.

  • Remove any dead wood or other decaying matter from close to your home
  • Keep firewood stored at least 20 feet away from the exterior of your home
  • Regularly trim trees and shrubs, but especially any that are right next to your home or any other buildings on your property.
  • Like many insects, these are attracted to light, so install yellow light bulbs that don’t attract insects.
  • If you don’t have lighting that proves unattractive to insects, turn off outdoor lighting when possible.
  • Prevent Earwigs from getting inside by fixing broken screens in doors and windows.

Contact Boo’ Bug Stoppers

If you find it is too late and they are inside your home and you want to remove them, fix the access path and contact Boo’s Bug Stoppers to eliminate your problem. We offer a one-time treatment for pest control as well as a number of regular plans to keep your home or business pest-free.