What do earwigs look like?

small brown earwig on a log in nassau county ny

Earwigs are occasional invaders that have a distinctive long, narrow body that has a pincher-like appendage (cerci) which extends off the back of their abdomen.  Adults can grow up to 1 inch in length and are a reddish-brown color. Earwigs have six legs.  While almost all species have wings, not all species are able to fly.

Earwig behaviors

Outside, earwigs can be found congregating in large numbers in secluded, dark areas that are high in moisture.  Underneath mulch, leaf piles, rocks, and rotting logs are typical hangouts for earwigs.  They will hide during the day and come out at night to feed on mold, other insects, and plants.

If the weather becomes too extreme, either too hot, cold, or dry, earwigs will move inside homes and other buildings.  Earwigs can be found in the humid areas of homes like underneath kitchen sinks, in bathrooms, basements, and crawl spaces.  They are attracted to outdoor lighting and will gather on porches, decks, and patios

Are earwigs dangerous?

Many people believe the well-known myth about earwigs. The myth typically says that earwigs crawl into the ears of people while they sleep in order to lay their eggs in the person’s brain.  This is just a myth and completely untrue; earwigs are not a dangerous pest and are just a nuisance to have invading your home.  In fact, that rather intimidating pincer-like appendage isn’t even strong enough to break the skin of a person or cause any real harm; it is used as a defense against other earwigs.

Can Suburban help with an earwig problem?

Yes, Suburban can help to control and eliminate earwigs and other common household pests throughout the entire year with our Seasonal Pest Protection Program. Our professionally trained technicians will provide customized services to get rid of the current earwig infestation inside your home and will then create a protective perimeter barrier around your house to prevent future problems with earwigs and other pests.  Whether it is spring, summer, fall, or winter you can have the peace of mind that your home will be free of pests!  

For more information about getting rid of earwigs, our Seasonal Pest Protection Program, or to schedule your free inspection call Suburban Exterminating today!

Earwig prevention tips

The best way to prevent problems with earwigs is to take measures to fix the areas found in and around your home that may allow them inside or attract them to your property.  Make sure to seal any cracks or holes in the foundation of your home, caulk gaps found around windows and doors and install door sweeps.  It is also a good idea to remove from your property piles of leaves, grass, and other organic debris that can harbor earwigs.

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