Picture of an earwig

Common earwig or European earwig, Forficula auricularia against white background

Earwigs are creepy and are crawly.  They have pinchers attached to their back sides.  Earwigs are one of the weirdest bugs you can find in your home.  There is truly something unnerving about the weirdly muscular brown black wriggling insects that is the earwig.  Here is some information about earwigs you might not know.

These insects are generally harmless, but can be a major nuisance due to how frequently they move around your house.

Earwigs can squeeze into tight spots

Earwig bodies are flattened, so they can squeeze into tight places like the bark of trees.  Also, they can squeeze into tight places in your house like under doors, and gaps between floors, walls, sockets and fixtures.  This means earwigs can live in your house underneath, above, and around you.

Earwigs can pinch you

Those hooks on the back of earwigs aren’t just for show.  They actually work.  The earwigs abdomen is muscular to provide strength to the pinchers.  Earwigs use their pincers for defense and fighting.  For instance, earwig males will fight over females using their pincers.  The pincers can also hold prey.  Lastly, the pinchers can pinch people.  Males have bigger pinchers than females.

Earwigs are Nocturnal

Earwigs are most active at night.  They search for food while you are asleep, which means they might be searching around or on you while you are asleep.  This can be most problematic for people and children sleeping on the ground. 

Earwigs can get in your ears

There are cases of earwigs getting into people’s ears. However, these cases are uncommon.  It is because earwigs are active at night and can squeeze into narrow spaces.

Earwigs have wings

Earwigs have wings.  They actually have two sets of wings, but for the most part earwigs are unable to fly.  Some species of earwigs are capable of flight, but they aren’t nimble.

If you are having trouble with earwigs, call Infinite Pest at 239-208-9918.  We will send someone over to take care of them and any other pest problems you might have. 

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