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What Are Earwigs?
This small insect belongs to the Dermaptera order. It has a long body with two abdominal appendages referred to as cerci. These pincers are large and curved. However, they’re curvier for male earwigs. The length of the cerci can reach up to 1/3 of the body length. In addition to this, you will discover winged and wingless species. Winged species tend to have front and hind wings. Nevertheless, earwigs usually do not fly. Earwig bodies are dark brown or reddish. Some species, such as the Saint Helena Giant Earwig, can reach up to 3 inches. There are more than 900 species of Dermaptera. Most earwigs are found in temperate climates.
So, how did the name originate? Well, they’re called earwigs because there is a myth that this insect will climb into your ear, burrow into your brain, and lay its eggs.
Why Do I Have Earwigs?
Earwigs will attempt to move indoors during the hot, dry summer months. They’re looking for warm spots that are dark and damp. If the insect can get into your home, they’ll likely look for a damp post to hide. In addition to this, you’ll find that earwigs are nocturnal, so they’re going to hide during the day and roam at night. They tend to be found in basements, kitchens, bathrooms, and other damp areas. During the evening, they will come out and try to eat arthropods, mites, and fleas. If you have a pest infestation, you may run into an earwig issue as well.
Are Earwigs Dangerous?
The good news is that earwigs are not dangerous to pets or people. The bad news is that they’re still problematic. They’re a nuisance, and you’ll want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. While they may use their cerci to pinch you, they won’t be able to pierce your skin. In addition to this, you won’t need to worry about the earwig releasing venom. They’re mostly harmless, but they can harm your garden and household plants.
How Can I Get Rid Of Earwigs?
Getting rid of earwigs starts outside of your home. It would be best if you started by targeting the earwig population surrounding your building. These insects are attracted to moisture and light. With that being said, you should do what you can to stop light from showing through your doors and windows. You can also try switching to sodium vapor yellow lights because they’re less attractive to earwigs and other insects. Also, be sure to seal all gaps and cracks so the bugs cannot get inside.
How Soon Can You Start?
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How Can I Stop Future Infestations?
It is not possible to completely stop all bug infestations. Nevertheless, there are things you can do to reduce the risks. For instance, you’ll want to take care of wet, damp conditions around your home. Make sure that you don’t have standing water in your yard. You’ll also want to stop insects from entering your home. To do that, seal all cracks and crevices around your home. This will stop the earwigs from entering your home and causing problems.