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Earwigs are nocturnal insect that have smooth elongated bodies that have a pair of forceps pincers (cerci) on their abdomen. On females the pincers are fairly straight, while male pincers are more curved. They are reddish brown in color and range in size from ¼ - ½ inch in length. There are winged and wingless species; the winged species have membranous wings that fold underneath short forewings and rarely ever fly. Their name is derived from the myth that earwigs crawl inside human’s ears and burrow into the brain to lay their eggs.
Outside earwigs can be found in moist areas like under logs, piles of dead leaves, and mulch; this is where they feed on their main food source, decaying plant material. Because of their need for moisture earwigs will often enter homes during extended periods of dry weather or during the fall months when they are seeking a safe place to overwinter in. Once inside your home they will be found in areas of high humidity like basements, attics, bathrooms and kitchens; they will feed on plants and other insects in your home.
Earwigs are not dangerous to humans; their pincers are not strong enough to pierce human skin, and they do not transmit any diseases. They are considered to be a nuisance pest, but can cause harm to household plants and gardens. If frightened or disturbed they also may produce a foul odor.
If you find earwigs inside your home you should pick or sweep them up and discard them. You should also try to reduce humidity in the areas of your home that they are attracted to. Outside your home you should reduce outdoor lighting that will draw them to your home. You can also eliminate damp areas around your home by making sure that rain water is drained away from your home using rain gutters and down spouts. At McCall Service we can inspect your home and determine the extent of your earwig problem and provide a free estimate for our earwig control services.
At McCall Service we take all pest problems seriously and are committed to helping you with your earwig problem as soon as possible. In most cases we can respond the same or very next day.
There are several things that you can do around your house to help prevent earwigs from making their way inside. Seal any cracks and crevices that are in your foundation, caulk gaps that are around windows or doorways, and make sure that all screens are completely intact. You can also remove mulch and other landscaping that traps moisture away from the exterior of your home. If you notice signs of earwigs in your home contact our Northern Florida pest control specialists to ensure that your home is protected against these unwanted pests.