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EARWIGS & MILLIPEDES
Earwigs & Millipedes are present in the treasure valley sometimes in great numbers. As with any sort of treatment plan, regular treatments are a must. Perimeter treatments, paying special attention to bark/mulch areas, are the key to controlling these creatures. Here are a few things that you can do as a homeowner to help in this process:
- Clear out debris from around the home: Woodpiles, construction materials, should be as far from the home as possible
- Maintain proper sanitary conditions in and around the home
- Standing water in the lawn and landscape should be avoided
- Customers should be encouraged to avoid bark or other organic mulch for beds; rock or rubber mulch is preferred.
Here is some more information:
Earwigs are dark reddish brown, about 5/8 of an inch long, and are easily identified by pinchers at the end of the body. Earwigs feed on decaying matter, though some feed on other insects or live plants. Earwigs live in mulch beds, under rocks, wood or other debris. They are active at night, and are attracted to lights. Earwigs are driven indoors by heat and cold, and are present in large numbers in the summer and fall.
Also known as a roly-poly bug, pillbugs are small crustaceans that are common near damp ground where decaying vegetable matter is found. When in danger or disturbed, pillbugs are capable of rolling itself up into a ball for protection. Pillbugs are sometimes mistaken for Billbugs, an insect that damages lawns.
Millipedes are brown insects that have many sets of legs. Reaching up to 1 1/2 inch long, these insects feed on vegetable matter, particularly matter that is dead or decaying. They are attracted to damp ground, thatch, compost, and sometimes inside, particularly in basements. Millipedes are sometimes confused with dangerous centipedes, and do not have a poisonous bite.