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Earwigs: The Facts and Truths

Many people believe earwigs can hurt you. The old wives tales talk about the earwig crawling into your ear and burrowing into your brain. But, that old wife’s tale is not true. The most that this pest can do is destroy your plants and gardens. Earwigs are a pest that are just annoying and a nuisance to humans.

Earwig Characteristics

The earwig is an intimidating looking insect. The intimidation factor comes from the long pincers. An earwig has distinct character traits:

  • Their color is reddish-brown.
  • It grows to approximately three quarters of an inch.
  • It has six legs.
  • Earwigs have two antennas.
  • They have pincers near their tail.
  • The food source is other dead and live insects and plants.
  • Earwigs do not burrow.
  • They live in clusters in damp and cluttered places.
  • Earwigs are nocturnal pests.

Causes Harm?

Although the earwig has pincers, it is not poisonous. When an earwig pinches, it does not sting or expel a venom. So if an earwig pinches you, there is no cause for alarm. Most times it will not even break your skin. The pinch will just hurt for a little bit.

So if the earwig is of no harm to humans, what does it do and can it cause other harm? The main job of the earwig is to clean up around its habitat. It will eat both dead and live vegetation and other insects. Since earwigs live in large groups, they can destroy your plants and gardens easily.

Preventing a Roommate

Earwigs will generally live in gardens and damp areas. But when its food source becomes scarce, it may find its way into your home. So, if you want to deter the pests from changing addresses, you need to keep your home dry and clutter free. If you do have live plants throughout your home, check them regularly for partially eaten leaves.

If your home or yard becomes infested, contact Sorenson Pest Control to address the situation immediately. The longer you wait the more damage earwigs can do to your plants and yard.

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