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Earwigs

Earwigs

Earwigs (Dermaptera)

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Earwigs get their names from an old European myth that they crawl into human ears and feed off of brains. In reality, earwigs are generally harmless to humans. Though this myth has been debunked by scientists, many are still creeped out by these pests because of their forceps-like pincers on their abdomens that are used in self-defense against other insects. 

How to Identify Earwigs

Earwigs are mostly nocturnal insects that hide in small crevices where they can thrive in a moist environment. Active at night, earwigs feed on a wide variety of plants and insects. While harmless, earwigs can still become a nuisance when they invade homes, businesses, and gardens

One of the key identifiers of earwigs is their long, curved pincers at the end of their abdomen. They look intimidating but are not poisonous. You can also identify earwigs by their:

  • Size – range anywhere from 1/4 inch to 1 inch long
  • Color – usually dark-brown 
  • Wings – shimmering, paper-like wings are folded beneath a set of forewings (but are usually not used to fly) 

How to Prevent Earwigs

Similar to most pests, earwigs find their way into buildings through open cracks and crevices near doors and windows. Be sure to seal these entryways to prevent earwigs from sneaking in. Earwigs are also attracted to moisture and wet areas, so if you discover earwigs in your damp basement, consider adding a dehumidifier to prevent them from finding comfortable places to hide out. Outdoors, you can prevent earwigs by tidying up your lawn, removing firewood piles, and trimming overhanging branches and shrubs. 

Earwig Control Solutions in WA, OR, and ID

If you suspect that your home or business has been infested by earwigs, don’t fret. Give PURCOR a call; we’ll perform a proper inspection to identify the insects and provide top-notch pest control solutions. Contact us for a quote and say goodbye to earwigs!

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