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Worcester's Guide To Earwigs


If you're like most people, the first time you hear the word "earwig," you probably think of something that crawled into your ear while you were sleeping. And if that's what comes to mind when you think of earwigs, it's no wonder so many people are scared of them. But the truth is, earwigs are bugs that are quite harmless and can even be beneficial in some ways. Big Blue Bug Solutions will discuss some lesser-known facts about earwigs, as well as how to keep them away from your home with Worcester pest control. So if you're curious about these insects, keep reading.

Do Earwigs Harm Humans?

The short answer is no, earwigs do not harm humans. They are quite shy and would much rather avoid humans altogether. The long pincers on their rear end are used for defense against other earwigs and predators, not for attacking humans, so there's no need to be concerned about earwig bites. 

Is There Anything Good About Having Earwigs In Your Home?

While most people would prefer not to have any insects in their homes, there are some benefits to having earwigs around. For one thing, they are excellent at controlling other pests. Earwigs are predators and will feast on a variety of other insects, including aphids, caterpillars, and beetle larvae. So if you have a problem with pests in your garden, earwigs can be helpful.

However, it's important to note that earwigs can also become pests themselves if they become too numerous. If you start seeing them in large numbers inside your home, that's a good indication that there is an issue that needs to be addressed. Big Blue Bug Solutions can help you get rid of earwigs and other pests so you can enjoy your home pest-free. 

Five Lesser-Known Facts About Earwigs

Now that we've answered some of the most common questions about earwigs, here are a few fun facts you may not know:

  1. Earwigs get their name from an old wives' tale that says they climb into people's ears and burrow into their brains. As we mentioned before, earwigs are quite shy and would much rather avoid humans altogether.
  2. Earwigs are most active at night and prefer dark, damp places.
  3. Earwigs can live for up to two years. 
  4. Female earwigs can lay up to 50 eggs at a time.
  5. Earwigs are found on every continent except Antarctica.

These bugs may be interesting, but that doesn't mean you want them in your home. Big Blue Bug Solutions can help get rid of a pesky earwig infestation so you can enjoy your home pest-free. 

How To Keep Earwigs Away From Your Worcester Home

The best way to keep earwigs away from your home is to eliminate their food sources. Earwigs are attracted to damp places and will often feast on organic matter like leaves, flowers, and fruits. If you have a garden, make sure to clean up any fallen leaves or rotting fruit. Remove any piles of wood or other organic debris from around your property. You can also use essential oils to get rid of earwigs. Peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and citrus oils are all effective at repelling these pests.

It's also important to seal any cracks or crevices around your home where earwigs could potentially enter. For the best protection, we recommend regular pest control services with Big Blue Bug Solutions. For more than 80 years, Worcester residents have trusted us to get rid of earwigs and other pests in their homes. Our residential pest control plans consist of three preventive service visits each year,  so you can rest assured your home will be protected all year long.

If you're concerned about an earwig infestation in your house, contact Big Blue Bug Solutions today. We'll be happy to answer any of your questions and provide a free inspection.