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What Are These Big Black Bugs Around My Yard?

DATE POSTED: March 21, 2019

If you are noticing big black bugs around your yard, there’s a good chance they could be earwigs. Earwigs are a common nuisance pest and are easily identifiable by their pincers. While they are relatively harmless to humans, they can be an indication of other pest problems and are unsightly and unwelcome.

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How Concerned Should I Be about Earwigs?

DATE POSTED: May 14, 2018

Over time, earwigs have become so prevalent that they have become second nature to us. We see them in our homes or on our properties and hardly give them a second thought. But should we? The pests themselves are pretty harmless. No, they don’t crawl into our ears at night while we are sleeping. But their existence may indicate that there is something homeowners should be very concerned…

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Why Earwigs Enter Homes

DATE POSTED: September 22, 2017

Earwigs can be pretty scary looking especially when they are scurrying this way and that way around inside your home. They can disrupt peaceful family time and friendly gatherings just by their appearance. They can be especially scary at night as they scurry across the counter as you stumble into your dimly lit kitchen for a late night snack. You open the refrigerator and the light from it shines…

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Are Earwigs Dangerous?

DATE POSTED: August 28, 2017

We have all seen “pincher bugs” on the ground, in out-buildings, and even inside our homes. You have to admit, earwigs are creepy and scary looking with their pincer like appendages. Not only that, they move very quickly and congregate in very large numbers making them look like something out of a horror movie.

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Guide To Earwig Prevention

DATE POSTED: July 25, 2017

Earwigs. For some, just the name invokes shivers. And for good reason, since these creatures have somewhat of a dark history. The myth has been told that earwigs will crawl into a human ear, burrow into the brain, and lay eggs. This is scary stuff indeed. The fact is, according to James Latta in 1795, "The creature called forficula or earwig is said to make its way into the ear, and to occasion…

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What Are Earwigs Looking For?

DATE POSTED: May 22, 2017

Before the invention of the internet, we had to rely on campfire stories to spread urban legends. Many of us remember muggy summer nights camping in the backyard doing our very best to scare our friends with tales that may or may not have been handed down from our own parents as the gospel truth. One such story that sticks with me is the myth about the earwig. Back in the day, many folks would…

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