Earwigs look like something out of a nightmare, but are really quite harmless to humans. They can be an irritating pest, as they will use the warm damp spots of your home to create nests. However, our experts can remove them if you find them in your home. Adult earwigs will have large pincers, and usually measure just under an inch. The pincers on a male will be curved, and on a female straight. While they are mostly harmless to humans, they can be harmful to some house plants if allowed to thrive.
Earwigs are creepy-looking insects with long slender bodies, two pairs of wings, and pincers coming from their abdomen. They can be intimidating to look at, but are essentially harmless. They are not poisonous, nor are they known to spread disease. They are well known for the myth that they crawl and burrow into people’s ears while they sleep – which has no scientific basis. As with most pests, earwigs thrive in dark, moist environments. They feed on both decaying and live vegetation, which can wreak havoc on a garden! They are most active at night and can be found hiding under rocks or logs during the daytime.
They are attracted to bright lights and are one of those summer bugs that will become a nuisance on your porch at night. They typically find their way into homes in search of food, water, and shelter when outdoor conditions are unfavorable. They can be found in moist areas like kitchens, bathrooms, laundry areas, in bedrooms if there is moisture (towels or clothing on the ground or in baskets), in attics, crawl spaces, etc. The most important part of eliminating earwigs from your home is locating all of their hiding places, which can prove quite challenging. At Burns, we know where these pests thrive and will search out all their harborages to eliminate them completely.
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