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Earwigs belong to the Dermapter order. They’re small insects that have long bodies and horny appendages. The appendages extending from their abdominal area are referred to as cerci. They can use these pincers to attack and squeeze, but they’re usually not aggressive around humans. A female earwig will have shorter and less curvy cerci than their male counterparts. Some earwigs do not have wings but others do. Even when they develop wings, earwigs rarely fly. These pests have red or dark brown bodies. Most earwigs range from a quarter of an inch to half an inch. As for the Saint Helena Giant Earwig, it can grow up to three inches.
The Dermaptera group has more than 900 species. The most common earwig species live in areas with temperate climates.
Why Earwigs Are In Your Home
Earwigs are slightly different than overwintering pests that attempt to enter residences before winter. Earwigs try to enter homes so they can avoid hot, dry weather. These pests prefer hiding in warm, dark, temperate locations. When earwigs invade a residential dwelling, they’ll hide in kitchens, basements, and bathrooms. They’re nocturnal so they’re going to sleep during the day and eat at night. Earwigs come out at night to feed on arthropods and plants. They will eat fleas and mites. If you have a flea or mite infestation, you may have an earwig infestation soon.
Earwigs & Health Risks
Earwigs often invade Akron, Ohio homes. Their appendages give the impression that they’re incredibly dangerous, but they’re not. These pests aren’t dangerous. They can use their cerci to pinch your skin, but they usually won’t break the skin. Another concern is that these pests are going to inject venom into their victims. Thankfully, they don’t. If you like growing plants, you’ll need to deal with the infestation swiftly. These pests can quickly destroy plants in your home and gardens.
Taking Care Of Earwig Infestations
Finding a solution to your earwig infestation swiftly is recommended. Start by dealing with the earwigs surrounding your home. If you can reduce the earwig population outside, you’ll be able to prevent them from entering your home. For starters, you should know that earwigs will approach light and moisture. Therefore, you need to reduce the light coming from your home. You’ll also need to deal with moisture issues. Try to stop light from coming through your doors and windows. You can also replace exterior light bulbs. If you’re using mercury vapor, white, or neon lights, switch to sodium vapor yellow lights.
Finally, properly seal small gaps and holes around your home. Gaps around windows and doors need to be filled in immediately.
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Avoiding Earwig Infestations In The Future
Unfortunately, it won’t be easy to keep earwigs and other pests out of your home. When it comes to earwigs, you’ll want to keep them away from your property. Start by switching your lights to sodium vapor yellow lights. Stop the light from coming through your doors and windows. Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to begin dealing with moisture issues. Take these steps and you’ll be more likely to keep these pests out.