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Answering New Castle's Most Commonly Asked Earwig Questions

February 22, 2021


It’s often been said that knowledge is power. Behind that is the belief that when you have information, you can use it to operate more wisely. This is certainly true when it comes to managing pests. When New Castle home and business owners have an idea of how an insect or creature functions, they can prepare to combat them. There are lots of creepy crawlers with big reputations. Tidbits about them are widely spread. Those that aren’t discussed much, like earwigs, are subsequently more frightening. 

Most people don’t know if earwigs are lethal, where they come from, and/or how to prevent them. By taking some time to read about these elusive insects, you’ll have all the basics down. Further, you’ll be aware of how Moyer Pest Control can intervene and help. 

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#1 Where Do Earwigs Get Their Name From? What Do Earwigs Look Like?

Earwigs received their name from an old myth. For many years, it was believed that these bugs habitually penetrate human ears, but that’s inaccurate.These reddish-brown insects vary in size from 0.20 to 0.98 of an inch long. Their lean bodies are very flat, and are adorned with two pairs of wings. However, most of them can’t fly. Around their stomachs are two protruding pincers that assist them in the midst of reproduction. They also use these appendages for self-defense and debilitating prey. When earwigs engage in any of these three actions, they discharge a liquid with a foul odor.

#2 What Are Earwigs Attracted To?

If you lift up a log or rock on your property, you’re liable to find earwigs. These insects are of the outdoor variety, and they thrive in gardens and mulch. Shadowy areas that are cool and damp are where they’ll leave their eggs. Damage to landscaping and crops is inevitable with them, as they chew up sprouts, greenery, and decomposing vegetation. They also consume other bugs.Other things you need to know about earwigs are:

  • They are most busy in the evenings

  • They scamper at a fast pace

  • They invade homes and businesses when the weather is very dry 

  • They usually nestle in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms when indoors

  • They travel in large groups, but an infestation is unlikely

#3 Are Earwigs Dangerous? Do Earwigs Bite?

Earwigs will do more harm to yards than they will ever do to humans or domestic animals. Fortunately, medical and pest experts have not found a correlation between these critters and the transmission of diseases. While they have the ability to bite, they rarely do. As for their pincers, it can be painful to be struck by them. It won’t break the skin though; only a light scratch will remain.

#4 How Can You Prevent & Get Rid of Earwigs?

Perform these tasks to reduce the chances of an earwig intrusion: 

  • For your property’s perimeter, lay gravel instead of soil. 

  • Distance plants, rocks, and wood from your home or business. 

  • Regularly trim your grass and greenery. 

  • Turn the gutters and downspouts away from foundations.

  • Attach sweeps to all your exterior doors. 

  • Close all holes in foundations, windows, and doors.

  • Decrease the warmth with a dehumidifier.

  • Use yellow bulbs rather than white ones for outdoor lights, which draw earwigs.

  • Look over newspapers, packages, flowers, and outdoor furniture before bringing them inside.

  • Put your food in airtight storage containers.

If all else fails, Moyer Pest Control can save the day. We have same and next day services  available, and our comprehensive plans are easy on the wallet. Our technicians are licensed and experienced professionals, so they’ll know just how to solve your earwig problem. They’ll be able to quickly find nests and vulnerable spots. All will be addressed with custom treatments that are registered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Call us at Moyer Pest Control today!

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