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Earwigs

What are earwigs?

Earwigs are generally an outdoor insect that live in moist dark areas like under mulch, logs and rocks. Earwigs are probably most known for the myth that is associated with them; the myth states that these insects crawl into human ears and burrow into the victim’s brain to lay their eggs. Luckily for us this is completely false.

What do they look like?

Earwigs have long narrow bodies that are dark brown to reddish brown in color and grow up to 5/8 of an inch long or longer. Earwigs are an insect that can either be winged or wingless; their most distinctive feature is a pair of pincher-like appendages that are found at the tip of their abdomen called “cerci”. Earwigs are often referred to as “pincher” bugs because of those cerci.

Do earwigs bite?

No, they do not bite. However, they may pinch if they feel threatened.

Are earwigs dangerous?

No, earwigs are not dangerous; they are considered to be nuisance pests.

What are the signs of an earwig infestation?

The only way to really know that you have an earwigs infestation is to see the insects themselves within your home. Under rugs, potted plants and inside stacks of newspapers are all common areas where earwigs can be found.

Why do I have an earwig problem?

While looking for shelter, earwigs often find a way inside homes and buildings. This generally happens when the temperature outdoors becomes too high or there is a lack of moisture.

How do I get rid of earwigs?

Reducing the moisture levels both in and around your home can help to deter earwigs. However to completely rid them from your home and property professional control is generally needed. Contact Big Blue Bug Solutions to find out about our earwig control Providence, RI and throughout our New England service area.

Earwig prevention tips from Big Blue Pest Solutions

To prevent earwig infestations remove piles of leaves, fallen trees and other debris as these environments are perfect hiding spots for earwigs. Also reduce the areas of moisture around your home by making sure your gutters are properly working to direct the rainwater away from the exterior of your home and inside correct any moisture issues. Make sure that cracks and crevices found in your home’s foundation are sealed to help prevent the earwigs from entering your home.

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