Despite the myth that earwigs crawl into the ears of people while they sleep, these insects are not completely harmless. They have pincers on their abdomen which gives them a frightening look, but the most common problem that people have with earwigs are infestations. Here are some important things you should know about earwigs to keep them in their own habitat instead of having them take up residence in your house.
What they look like… Their size depends on the species, but they usually vary from 5-25 mm. These slender insects have two pairs of wings, two antennae, six legs, and membranous wings. They’re usually dark brown, black or yellow in color. Their bodies are long and flat, divided into three sections. Some species produce the yellow-brown smelling liquid that they use for defense.
How they act…Since they’re active at night, they hide in cracks during the day. Usually, they’re found under piles of lawn clippings and compost or in tree holes. Moist and dark places are their favorite habitats. These pests are attracted to light, so you can find them on porches and patios on summer evenings. An earwig comes to the world as one of 30 to 50 eggs that hatch within two weeks. Females are capable of producing one to two litters per year. After hatching, earwigs develop in a series of five stages and the mother actually guards the eggs.
What they eat…Earwigs are omnivores and they tend to eat at night. They eat plant matter like leaves, flowers, fruit, and mold, and they also don’t mind if their dinner is alive. They are able to chew, so they can eat other insects.
How do you know you have an infestation…Earwigs are pests since they can invade your property easily. Also, they reproduce really fast, so they can present a problem. Homeowners often find them in areas where there is water like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms, but they can infest many different areas in a home. When you start to notice them in large numbers inside and outside, that means that they’ve managed to spread all over your household. Since earwig control requires knowledge, you should contact a professional to deal with these pesYou can also do your own earwig control, just to prevent them from entering in your home. The most important thing is to eliminate their hiding places like decorative stone, logs, dead leaves, and the other organic matter. Trim trees and shrubs that cause shady areas near your house. You’ll also need to adjust your outdoor light to shine from the yard onto the house. Another solution is to replace white bulbs with yellow since white light is more attractive to all insects. To prevent them from entering your home, seal all cracks and holes.
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