One of the most often feared insects is that of the earwig. These creatures are undesirable because of their pincers on the end of their abdomens, along with the fact that they emit a foul odour when disturbed. A popular misconception is that they will crawl into the ears of sleeping humans in order to lay their eggs. There’s no truth to that whatsoever, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take steps to eliminate earwigs. These insects can wreak havoc on crops and garden plants, which is why most people would rather get rid of them.
Earwigs range in size from 1.27 to 5 centimetres in length, and are brown or reddish-brown in color. These bugs have narrow, rounded bodies, with a head that is somewhat short in proportion to the rest of them. They may have two sets of wings, a tough leather-like forewing and clear hindwings. They have a distinct set of pincers near their back legs, which are straight on female earwigs and curved on males.
The primary diet of earwigs is plants such as potatoes, grapes, strawberries and beets. They may also dine on flowers such as zinnias and sunflower as well. Earwigs tend to hide in moist dark places, which means they can often be found amongst layers of mulch in a flower bed. These insects will sometimes make their way into houses, and can be found in bathroom cabinets, around sinks and in the cracks of window frames.
Getting rid of earwigs will require eliminating their source of nutrition, as well as reducing areas of moisture around the foundation and crawl space of your home. Creating a barrier around your home with insecticides will also keep them out of any areas you don’t want them to be in. That’s where a professional pest control service such as ours comes in. Contact us today for practical advice and solutions for earwig control.