McDuffie Earwig Pic

Earwigs

Earwigs are active during the night and they stay hidden in cracks around your home during the day. Their diet consists of plants and insects. More than likely they can be found in a flower bed or a garden. They may try to make their way into your home to find food and comfort in harsh weather conditions. Females usually lay between 30 to 50 eggs but to be more accurate it depends on the species. There are more than 20 species of earwigs and they grow to be five to twenty-five millimeters. 

Identification:

Earwigs have elongated flattened bodies that can come in a wide variety of colors. Earwigs range from a pale brownish color to reddish brown and black. Earwigs sport unique threadlike antennae that are almost half of their body length. However the most notable features of the earwig are its wings as well as the large pair of pincers that protrude from the back of their body. While earwigs look very threatening, the common myth that they crawl into your ear is all old European folklore.

Habits:

Earwigs love dark and damp environments. They are oftentimes attracted to dirt and leaves as it provides quality camouflage as well as a comfortable environment for breeding and feeding.

Habitats:

One of the most common places you will find earwigs in your home is in and around your basement. Earwigs love areas of high condensation so unventilated basements, crawlspaces, and attics are prime locations for earwigs to set up shop.

Prevention:

Sealing all the entrances to your home is the number one earwig prevention tactic. Using a silicone based caulk ensures that all your windows, doors, and outdoor siding are properly sealed to prevent these creepy crawlies from entering your home. Vigilant inspection of your crawl spaces, basements, and attics is also key in earwig prevention as early detection will put you ahead of these pests. If you suspect you may be facing an earwig infestation already, do not hesitate to contact McDuffie Pest Control today and get your free inspection scheduled.