Earwigs have a funny myth that surrounds them.
You may have even guessed it from their name. There have been stories told that earwigs crawl into your ears at night, they lay their eggs there, and a little while later you wake up to freshly hatched earwigs escaping from your ear. The image is grotesque and likely to give any one person they heeby-jeebies. However, the fact is that earwigs don’t tend to find the nearest ear to lay their eggs. They are much happier in damp places that are far away from humans.
Earwigs are small creatures that are characterized by two small pincers that extend from the tail end of their bodies. These forceps are not poisonous, nor do they spread disease. They do use these pincers from protection from other insects that would cause them harm. They also have wings. You will mostly find earwigs in cool, dark places. They like areas that are moist and undisturbed. If you have ever picked up a rock or a stone flag, you have most likely seen an earwig at that time.
Earwigs may come inside if they are looking for a more hospitable situation for them or they are looking for food. If your home has any naturally moist areas, they may become an attraction point for roaming earwigs. Make sure that any leaks, especially in dark places like under sinks are taken care of quickly. Many basements may also host moist dark areas as well, so you will want to ensure that you do not have an earwig problem there. If you are finding earwigs in your home, please call us. We can help you safely get rid of these insects. We can also help you figure out how they entered your home and how to best seal up holes so this problem will not occur again. Please call us at Pete’s Pest Control today!