Earwig & Silverfish Identification & Prevention

What are earwigs & silverfish?

Both earwigs and silverfish can be confused with each other but are two different species of insects. Both are occasional invaders, which means they live most of their life outdoors but sometimes move inside, seeking a damp environment when the weather becomes too hot and dry. Earwigs are reddish-brown, while silverfish are a silver color. Earwigs have pincers located at the end of their abdomens. Silverfish have a three-pronged extension at the end of their abdomens and move in a unique fish-like manner.

silverfish sitting on rock

Are earwigs & silverfish dangerous?

While silverfish and earwigs certainly are not creatures you want living in your home, they aren’t dangerous pests. They don’t bite or sting people, and they aren’t known to spread diseases. Earwigs are a type of garden pest but only cause significant plant damage if their numbers are high. When disturbed, earwigs produce an odor that is not pleasant. Also, they can contaminate pantry items like flour, bread, and cookies. Silverfish living indoors may damage clothing, upholstery, and paper items by chewing on them. They also contaminate starchy pantry items like flour, cereals, pasta, and potatoes. 

Why do I have a earwig & silverfish problem?

Silverfish and earwigs will move inside to take advantage of a home’s cool, damp areas and can become a problem in any home. Houston weather that becomes too hot, dry, or wet will drive these pests indoors. Earwigs and silverfish also hitchhike their way into homes in objects that were once outside like potted plants, newspapers, furniture, and boxes. Because they seek out areas of moisture, if these pests are in your home, there is a good chance there is a moisture problem present.

Where will I find earwigs & silverfish?

Silverfish and earwigs hide in damp, dark areas. They tend to gather near the foundations of a home under mulch, landscaping ties, leaf litter, compost piles, and trash cans. If it becomes necessary, they will move into homes and other structures through cracks in the foundation, exterior walls, and spaces under doors (especially basements doors). Once inside, they hide in areas that mimic their outdoor environments such as basements, bathrooms, crawl spaces, and laundry rooms.

How do I get rid of earwigs & silverfish?

The best way to live pest-free is to partner with the Houston pest professionals at GreenForce Pest Solutions. Our family wants to keep your family and home safe from earwigs, silverfish, and other pests. Our guaranteed services provide our home and business owners with fast, effective pest elimination. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, we are committed to solving your pest problems in the Houston, Texas region.

How can I prevent earwigs & silverfish in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, keep your property free of these pests using the following prevention tips:

  • Remove fallen trees, leaf piles, and other debris from your property.

  • Seal up any openings in your home’s exterior walls and foundation.

  • Reduce excess moisture around your home.

  • Use dehumidifiers to keep basements dry.

  • Fix leaky pipes.

  • Cut back overgrown vegetation away from the outside of your home.

  • Keep the soil located near your home’s foundation as dry as possible.

  • Maintain a barrier between any soil and mulch and your home’s foundation.

  • Inspect items like potted plants and outdoor furniture for earwigs before bringing them inside.

  • Limit food sources inside your home by keeping dry goods in air-tight containers.

If you are looking for exceptional earwig and silverfish control for your home or business, reach out to the friendly, local pest control experts at GreenForce Pest Solutions today!


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