While something many of us will agree that earwigs are something they do not want to know about, sadly as a good homeowner, knowing some of the signs and signals of possible infesting insects represent useful knowledge to have. Particularly if you live in an old home, or in an area prone to insect activity, being clued up and wary of some of the key culprits is a necessary evil.
- What Exactly are Earwigs?
While most of us have heard of the common playground myth that earwigs crawl in your ear while your asleep, for many that is as far as their knowledge of the insects go. So what exactly are earwigs?
Flat bodied and medium-sized, earwigs are insects with distinctive pincers on their lower abdomen. Nocturnal and avid-omnivores, earwigs will eat just about anything, making them a pesky foe when it comes to pest control.
- What are their habits?
Understanding a possible pests unique habits may be helpful in the diagnosis of an infestation. As they are nocturnal, in other words, active at night, unless you’re a night owl, it will be very difficult to notice earwig activity. They are attracted to light, however, so if your porch has lighting, you may be able to spot them on your way to bed.
A female earwig is able to produce two litters of between 30-50 eggs a year. This may not seem like much at first, but when you consider that having just 10 female earwigs in your house could lead to a yield of 1,000 new babies within 12 months, the scale of, and growth rate, of an infestation becomes startling.
- What do they eat?
As previously mentioned, earwigs are omnivores, which means they will eat pretty much anything. Other insects, vegetation, decaying matter, and discarded food, are all on the menu when it comes to these infesting insects.
- What attracts them?
Knowing what attracts earwigs can help you to minimize the risk of an infestation. One of the things that earwigs really love are sources of cellulose that are old and starting to decay. If you have a library of old books, or a large number of boxes in storage somewhere dark, like a basement, you may be a prime housemate for an earwig.
- How do you know if your house is infested?
Earwigs can set up shop in your home very easily, but how can you tell if your house is suffering with an infestation? Look around in aforementioned areas that are home to cellulose, as well as any dark and damp areas, such as basements, attics, and bathrooms. If you either find earwigs in more than one of these areas, or a substantial amount in just one, then you probably have an infestation on your hands. Earwig pest control requires specialist knowledge, so your next and only option, if you’re concerned about infestation, is to call in the professionals.
Earwigs are unpleasant little insects which are best kept away from the home. Avoiding leaving out food waste, eliminating places they can thrive, and replacing while bulbs on your porch with yellow are all methods you can employ to help ensure a pest free home. However, should infestation occur, it is best to call the professionals in fast, to minimise the damage, and scale of the problem.
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