Earwigs in Arizona are sometimes known as “pincher bugs” because of the forceps-like pinchers, call cerci, which they carry at the rear of their bodies. There are some 2,000 species of earwigs, one of which grows to be 2-inches long. Only a few of these species live here in the Valley of the Sun, however, given our arid climate and the fact that earwigs tend to prefer dark, damp environments. This is why they are usually found in interior and exterior expansion joints, near water fixtures, grass, other watered landscaping and under rocks.

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Contrary to a popular myth that has been around since the Middle Ages, earwigs do not crawl into people’s ears and burrow into their brains to lay eggs. They can cause minor but irritating skin injuries with their pinchers. A nest of earwigs can also give off an unpleasant odor. Some gardeners have found them to be beneficial because they eat other insects that can harm plants, but if their prey is not abundant, they will become scavengers and start looking for food wherever they can. As they forage for food and as their populations are left uncontrolled we start finding them in our homes and they become a pest.

Blue Sky Pest Control, a respected Phoenix pest control company, can effectively treat for earwigs and other common pests in a way that is people friendly, pet-friendly, and environment-friendly. If you need Arizona earwig control, we can help!


As mentioned above, earwigs seek out dark, damp environments mentioned above..It is not uncommon for earwigs to get into your house as stowaways in or on boxes brought in from other locations.

Like other pests, they are also attracted to food sources, which can include soft fruit and other types of insects. Unchecked, they can feed on ornamental plants as well as fruits and vegetables. You may see signs of an earwig infestation on leaves; earwig damage is similar in appearance to that caused by garden slugs.


Our technicians employ a backpack sprayer in order to penetrate deep into earwigs’ nesting areas. Because of the nature of the earwig life cycle (the eggs hatch within seven days), our premium Phoenix pest control services include treatment not only of the actual infestation but also any other potential nesting sites. This way, the chances of a new earwig nest becoming established are greatly reduced.

It is likely that after our service call, you will continue to see an influx of earwigs. This is to be expected; once our technicians have driven them out of their nest, these pests will seek new hiding places. Generally, our customers find a decrease in activity withing 10 to 14 days. After several treatments, we can generally obtain solid control.


You can help to prevent re-infestation by taking a few simple steps. The best thing to do is to be mindful to not overwater your landscaping, make food and shelter unavailable. If you have plants around, let them dry out thoroughly after watering. Keep the property free of debris and make certain you don’t have any leaking faucets or pipes.

At Blue Sky Pest Control, we take pride in being recognized as one of the leading pest control companies in Arizona. At Blue Sky Pest Control we take pride in exceeding others’ expectations through a commitment to excellent service provided in a caring way. This commitment is a major reason why we are viewed as one of the leading pest control companies in Arizona. We hire only the best, train and equip them thoroughly and foster an encouraging work environment. Our services are also fully guaranteed. We serve the entire Phoenix area including Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Chandler. Contact us for your free quote!

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