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Will earwigs damage a person's home-as in relation to the foundation and the joists, wood of the home?

Also, a friend of mine said that you could put a powder around the perimeter of the outside of the house as one measure to control the earwigs, where can I buy this at?
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Home Improvement
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Earwigs do not damage sound wood like termites or carpenter ants. They are fond of nesting and hiding in cool damp places. I would not recommend putting a powdered insecticide on the ground around the perimeter of your house. A better choice would be a product like Ortho's "Home Defense" available at most home and garden centers and the big box stores

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