The Summer Earwig Invasion

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Most of us welcome summer with open arms, looking forward to days near the water and exploring the lush outdoors. However, trees and flowers aren’t the only things springing back to life. Bugs, pests, and insects also make their comeback. Pest control becomes a major issue. No one wants this creepy aspect of summer crawling into our homes.

One of the common insects you will begin to see again are earwigs. These small, flat insects are imposing in their appearance because of their formidable-looking pincers on their abdomen. At first glance, some might think earwigs are tiny scorpions but this is not the case at all. In this article, we will discuss what earwigs are, find out if they are harmful to humans, and recommend ways to prevent earwigs from taking over your home.

Earwig Anatomy

Earwigs are small insects that average about a half an inch long in length. They are mostly dark brown or silvery black in color. They have diaphanous wings, antenna on their heads, run around on six legs, and have aggressive-looking pincers on the end of their abdomen. These pincers or forceps are not harmful to humans. While they are able to pinch skin, this is very rare since their forceps are usually not strong enough to do any damage to humans.

Now that you know earwigs aren’t a physical threat, let’s talk about nuisance. Earwigs are an unwelcome sight in your home. Not only do they look creepy, they also produce a yellowish-brown liquid from their glands that can stain your furniture and flooring. This liquid is a defense mechanism and it has a foul smell. Squishing earwigs under foot can leave a nasty stain and possibly a lingering, unpleasant odor. So while this pest will not harm you physically, they can cause unsightly damage to your home and property.

Moist Areas are Home to Earwigs and Dozens of Their Eggs

Earwigs are found in moist areas. They are nocturnal and hide in dark, moist areas. However, these insects are attracted to light from porches, lit pool areas, or garden lamps. Many homeowners will find these pests in garages and laundry rooms, where insects are given access to a home from an outside door. Bathrooms and kitchens can quickly become infested as well, since the earwig is attracted to moisture.

Earwig females lay their eggs and guard them until as many as 50 insects hatch two weeks later. These young earwigs need to eat. Earwigs feast on flowers, fruit, fallen leaves, and mold. Inside your home, they will seek out moist wood and any mold growing on moist surfaces.

Earwig Prevention

Preventing an earwig infestation is not difficult. Eliminate areas where earwigs and other insects gather. Remove moist mulch and rotting wood from your yard. Throw away wet leaves and rake yard debris away from your home and doors. Avoid moldy garden rocks and stepping stones that could become homes for earwigs and other pests. If you fear your home has become infested, seek out professional pest control help to clear your home of these unsightly insects.

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