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The Down Low On Earwigs

Earwigs are a common insect that you may find in and around your home this season. They are those little bugs you see with a long slim body and pinchers on their tail. They can seem intimidating if you are unaware of their behavior. Earwigs will enter your home for food, warmth, and possibly a place to lay eggs. So, if you are new to the knowledge of earwigs or if you have encountered an earwig before but wasn’t quite sure what they were, we have some interesting facts you might like to know:

  • Earwigs are mostly nocturnal, but they are drawn to the light. They tend to bury deep for hibernation and also tend to find a nice warm home to snuggle up in for the winter months.

  • Earwigs go through 5 molts in the year before they become an adult, and they have a lifespan of about 1-3 years.

  • There is a myth about earwigs, hence the name. This myth states that earwigs will enter your ears at night and lay eggs in your brain. There is no scientific evidence at all for this; however, the earwigs keep their name, but it’s truly a false representation.

  • The pinchers on the bottom half of an earwig are for defense and any sparring against rival earwigs.

  • Even if earwigs find their way to you and make contact in the form of a bite. Earwigs are non-infectious, however, there may be some irritation which may cause some alarm at first.

There are a few ways you can prevent earwigs from entering and creating an infestation in your home. Earwigs are drawn to material that they can use for food. Controlling their food source means controlling an invasion which may be difficult since earwigs choose to feed on pretty much everything dead or alive. They are very small insects so if you have any open areas around doors or windows this will be an easy way for earwigs to enter your home. They also like to hitchhike, so be aware of any bags or containers that are left outside as you bring them in your home.

If you find yourself with an earwig infestation, the best solution is to partner with pest control company with satisfaction guaranteed. With our professional service at Adam’s Pest Control, we will find the solution to your earwig infestation. Our trained professionals will arrive promptly, inspect your home, and provide top notch service. We are local, friendly, and will leave your home pest-free and safe. Contact us today for insight into our competitive pricing and let earwigs know that they are not welcome in your home or business.

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