What harm can earwigs cause, and how can they be eliminated?
First of all, earwigs do not bite and are not dangerous. Earwig control requires the treatment of cracks inside where the insects are seen, cracks in the home’s exterior and likely harborage sites (woodpile, landscape timbers, etc.) outside. A residual aerosol or dust insecticide labeled for indoor crack and crevice treatment should be used indoors. Outdoors, a suitable exterior household insecticide can be applied to areas where earwigs might live. Many people seek to hire the professionals at Terminix when dealing with a significant infestation of earwigs because of all the areas that must be located and treated.
How do I know if I have house centipedes?
If they have very long legs, they are likely house centipedes that can breed indoors and feed on spiders and insects. Homes with house centipedes usually have a crawl space or basement underneath where the centipedes harbor. You may want to consult Terminix; we can inspect your home and advise you on the best course of action.
Is it possible to have root weevils in the house?
Two types of root weevils may be encountered: the black vine weevil and the strawberry root weevil. These black, 1/4-inch long beetles feed on vines, ivy, wild strawberries and “yew” shrubbery outside. When populations grow large enough, wandering beetles may come indoors. To control them, seal exterior cracks and holes and treat the perimeter and foundation for your home. Long-term control includes removing the vines, ivy and other vegetation that the weevils target for breeding.
What are firebrats, and how do I get rid of them?
Firebrats are related to silverfish and prefer very warm areas such as furnace rooms, heat ducts, boiler rooms and fireplaces. Cracks and voids in areas such as these should be treated using a residual dust pest control product labeled for indoor use. This pest often proves difficult to control, so you may want to consult a professional.