Earwigs represent one of the smaller insect orders with only 2,000 known species. They are easily recognized by the pincers protruding from their abdomen. Earwigs are dark brown in color, have an elongated and somewhat flattened body shape, segmented antennae, and two pairs of wings.
Although their appearance might seem intimidating, earwigs do not pose any significant danger to humans. In spite of the threatening look of their pincers, earwigs are unable to harm humans. They also do not try to crawl into the human ear canals to lay eggs, although there have been anecdotal reports of earwigs crawling into ears.
Earwigs Habit & Food
Earwigs are typically nocturnal insects and tend to hide in small, dark crevices during the daytime. They feed on a wide array of plant and animal matter. Although they do not present any harm to human health, earwigs have been known to do damage to crops eating leaves, flowers, and fruits. Earwigs often invade homes in search of food, water, and warmth with changing the weather. They often congregate in dark, moist places, in kitchens, garages, and basements and in the debris in the yard.
Earwigs Extermination & Prevention
Identifying and eliminating earwig hiding places is the first and most important step in the extermination and prevention process. Earwigs are exterminated by means of pesticide but if their hiding places are left undiscovered, they are likely to reappear. Clearing debris from the yard, drying out wet places where possible, and sealing cracks and crevices are all important parts of earwig infestation prevention.
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