A Pest Control Guide for the earwigs

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What Are Earwigs?

The earwig bug is not harmful. It has a bad reputation but it is just a bug with its own name. The name comes from old English words that mean “ear wiggler.” Doctors say the bugs are not in your ears and they do not hurt you.

Some people believe that these bugs can get inside your ear and lay eggs in your brain. But this is not true. These bugs do not want to go into a human’s ear.

Females have pincers that are straight. Males have pincers that are more curved and caliper-like. These pincers can be used as weapons to defend themselves or to hurt people. Females do not hurt people, but males may try to pinch if they’re captured. The common earwig is about 5/8 inch long and dark brown with a red head and pale yellow-brown legs.

Damage caused by earwigs

Earwigs are insects that live outside. They usually live in areas that are wet, such as under mulch, dead leaves, logs, and piles of firewood.

The earwig is a pest that comes into houses by accident or when it is looking for shelter. Some people like to keep them as pets.

Earwigs are inside the house. They do not cause any harm or destruction. They are a bother, but they will not hurt you. If there is an earwig and it feels disturbed, it might produce a bad smell.

Where Do Earwigs Live?

Earwigs hide during the day in moist, dark places. They can be found under leaves, on the ground, and inside stones and ground-level debris.

Earwigs are only scared when they are disturbed. When they are, they will run away looking for a new place to hide. They might even come into your house and you will think it is a cockroach.

A earwig is an insect that comes out at night and eats decaying stuff and plants. It also eats other bugs like caterpillars and eggs.

Earmite eggs are small and white in color. They are laid in nests, far away from your ears, and they only come out during the seasons of fall to spring.

Earwig Risks

Looks can be deceiving. Earwigs (which are bugs) use their claws to protect themselves or capture prey, not to pinch people.

All in all, earwigs are not dangerous. They usually do not bite people or spread disease. But you could get pinched by an earwig’s “claws” if you pick one up. The pinch might hurt, but the pincers of an earwig do not have venom. Earwigs can also destroy gardens, fruit and leaves, and stunt the growth of young seedlings.

Management of earwigs

Earwigs live outside. But sometimes they get in the house. You can sweep or pick up and throw them away. Treating your house with something like roach spray might help, but earwigs might still get in.

Outdoors, you can control earwigs with light. You can also make it less attractive and reduce the places where they can live or hide.

Earrwigs need to live near water. They are attracted to it. To keep them away, make sure that the water is not near your house, like by a faucet or air conditioning unit. Make sure that the rain gutters and spouts do not bring water close to your house as well. You might also want to remove the mulch (like wood chips or gravel) from around your house.

Finally, you want to make sure that no one can get in. You can do this by putting caulking compound, putty and weather stripping around doors, windows, pipes and other entryways.

Some people report that they can reduce earwig populations by trapping. You can find burlap bags, boards, newspapers or other cover material for the mulch, shrubs and similar habitats.

If you see earwigs, collect them. You could spray insecticide around the house to stop the earwigs from coming in.

Apply a home garden or turfgrass insecticide to the plants that you want to keep. The best time for this is in the afternoon. Then, after spraying, make sure that you water your plants so that they get the insecticide all through them and kill any bugs on their roots.

How to Prevent Earwigs

If earwigs are in your home, there are three ways to get rid of them :

1.Cracks around windows and doors need to be sealed. Earwigs like moist places, so make sure there is no mulch and leaf piles near your house.

Keep windows and doorways clear of earwig habitats. Make sure drains are clear so rainwater doesn’t get in the house.

2. Use traps, such as rolled up corrugated cardboard or newspapers with a small amount of food inside. Make sure that the food is not too messy.

Once the earwigs have gathered inside a trap, you can either empty them out into a container of oil or throw the trap away.

You can put small cups of oil near the earwig nests. They will come in to get some. The top will be open so the earwigs can go inside, and then they’ll drown in the oil at the bottom.

3. Spray pesticides around your home to kill bugs. Read the directions carefully.