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Inside The Head Of An Earwig

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You probably know what an earwig is. If you don't, it is a tiny brown insect with noticeably ominous pincers on its butt. Don't worry, those pincers aren't strong enough to pierce your skin, and you don't have to worry about all those stories of earwigs climbing into your ear and feeding on your brain. These little bugs won't hurt you, they're mostly just a nuisance.

The best way to win the war against any pests is to understand what that pest is looking for. In order to get into the "head" of the earwig and see what this disgusting little bug is all about, we've asked a fictitious psychologist to put an earwig on the couch. Let's see what the earwig has to say.

"It's a compulsion really."

"What is?"

"This need to be in moist places."

"Describe it."

"I find myself going out to dark dank places and doing things I shouldn't be doin'."

"What things?"

"You know, like trespassing on other people's property. But I can't help it, doc. It's like I'm wired to be in moist dirt,

rotted logs, potted plant soil, and under wet leaves, rocks, construction materials and stuff. I can't help it. If a homeowner has clutter in their yard, a sprinkler system AND plants, I'm done."


"It's like I'm drawn to be where it is dank, dark and filled with moistened organic material."

"Does this bother you?"

"There's bugs in there."

"How does this make you feel?"

"I guess I don't mind it. They're just looking for the same thing I'm looking for: A bite to eat and someone to love. But it's hard. There's a lot of competition, doc. So I'm looking everywhere. I'm scurrying from leaf to leaf, nibbling on whatever organic material I can find, enjoying this lawn because it is so wet all the time, and that's when I see this light."

"What light?"

"I don't know. I think it was coming from a basement window. But I was like, mesmerized. I wanted to be where that light was. That's another one of my addictions, doc."


"Yeah. I don't know what it is about it, but light draws me in. It doesn't really make sense because I can't stand being in the hot dry sun. I don't get it. But, when I saw this light, I started looking for a crack or hole. Somethin', so as I could get in, you know, to where that light was."

"Did you find one?"

"Yeah. There was a tiny rotted hole I think some mice had been working on. I crawled up inside and down into the basement."

"Was the light there?"

"Nah. When I got there it was dark. That's okay, though. I don't mind the dark."

"You weren't disappointed that the light was gone?"

"A little, but I usually hang out under stuff, you know, like cushions on patio furniture, under patio furniture pillows, stacked firewood and stuff, because I'm looking for a moist place to be. So, I'm used to places that are dark. I don't prefer them, but I'm used to them. But this place wasn't moist at all. I think they had a dehumidifier or something.

So, I was like, "Check ya later."

When earwigs get into your Florida home, give McCall a call. We know how earwigs think, and how to make your home less interesting to these nuisance bugs.

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