Earwigs, or Forficula auricularia, meaning “skin wings,” has 1,800 species in 12 families. They are tiny parasites that feed on mammals, but they don’t have the usual pinchers. Earwigs don’t usually use their ability to fly.
Size: 1/4 to 1 inch long
Color: Dark brown to black with a red head and pale yellow-brown legs
Activity/Behavior: The female earwig lays batches of about 50 eggs and then protects them until their second molt (when they shed their skin). Adult earwigs live outside and eat plants.
Where They Live: Earwigs usually live outdoors and feed on plant materials (cellulose in leaves), but if they invade the house (either during the fall or night time) they can be found in cracks and crevices under furniture or carpeting.
Tips for Control: It’s important to concentrate on the lower levels of the house; the top floors don’t need treatment! Be aware that when crushed, earwigs give off a bad smell. You can attract some of them with light.
How Suburban Exterminating Can Help: Control of earwigs takes persistence and experience. An infestation sometimes can be controlled using over-the-counter products or vacuuming but a trained pest control professional can get rid of your earwigs and prevent later infestation.
Suburban Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA. Our technicians are registered and licensed with NY State. Our technicians participate in a continuing education program.
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