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Is there such a creepy crawling insect that burrows deep into your ear and lays eggs in your brain? This is what has been said about the earwig time over, but fortunately, it is just a myth. In fact, many myths follow the earwig, most of them having to do with the creepy crawler getting into your head and lying eggs.

This is likely because there are all kinds of stories attached to the species. In differing cultures and countries, the name represents some explanation of this myth. When all said and done, this is just likely a tactic old-timers used to explain where the insect’s classification came from. While there are a lot of myths regarding this intimidating insect, it certainly would not be a pleasure to have them in and around the property.

Especially not when you consider that their presence could mean other underlying problems. Whatever the situation, these are all problems we can help you and your family tackle. All you must do is get our office on the phone and we’ll get someone out to the property immediately.

What Are Earwigs

For those new to the pest, an earwig is a dark-colored insect that can oftentimes be found in moist soils and vegetation in gardens, woodlands, and a variety of other similar forested areas. In terms of physicality, they are virtually harmless. They are oftentimes considered nothing more than a nuisance despite having pincers. This small flat-looking insect can range in color from brown to solid black. There are many species that do have wings but are unable to accomplish flight. Most species only measure 7 to 50 millimeters long, but one specific giant species can reach nearly 3 inches. Don’t worry because they are rare and won’t likely be found hanging out in your backyard.

Identifying The Earwig

Identifying the earwig won’t be hard. It won’t even be that difficult to differentiate the males from the females, as both have pincers, but the males are more pronounced. The standard male has a black or brown coat, depending on the species, and curved pincers on their hind parts. This member of the species can have wings. Females, on the other hand, possess straight pincers on their hind parts, but appear in the same similar brown and black coloring, depending on the species. Some of these do have wings but are considered extremely rare.

The nymphs or younger members of the species will appear white almost clear. They’re going to look almost exactly like their counterparts but near translucent.

The Potential For Damage

While it is difficult to say there is anything good about an earwig infestation, at least you do not have to worry about being physically harmed. Yes, the bugs can pinch with their pincers, but they mainly only use the features for mating rituals, hunting, and defense. When it comes to damage, the main type of damage the pose is plant or vegetation damage. This being said, they can wreak havoc on your most delicate breeds of houseplants, fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants.

Luckily, they do not consume wood or bore into the material. These creepy crawlers usually leave behind cup-shaped bite marks on mature plants or young seedlings. The bite markings are usually anywhere from 3 to 11 millimeters wide. Because of their ability to feed on dead and decaying organic matter, you might want to leave these creepy crawlers alone if you find them in the compost. They could be useful.

An Attraction For High Moisturized Areas

As was mentioned earlier, the presence of earwigs in the home could be an indication of underlying problems. Earwigs are normally attracted to areas with high humidity. While kitchens, spas, mudrooms, and bathrooms do normally have high humidity, it could also be an indication of an underlying moisture problem. Leaky pipes or standing water create high humidity. Luckily, these are problems that can be cleared with a humidifier. Just keep in mind, some situations might require the assistance of a professional plumber.

Regardless, we are here to help. We work with a handful of plumbers regularly. We can provide you with a reference if needed. Whether you have questions, need a reference, or just want to speak with someone about pest management, give our local office a call. We’ll get someone out to the property.

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