Earwigs are particularly common insects that we have almost all encountered at one point or another. If you have ever been working in your garden and moved a flower pot, there’s a good chance that you would have disturbed a few earwigs in the process. Although not harmful to humans, earwigs have a menacing appearance. Many people find them frightening as they have received false information about these insects or they are uninformed about earwigs.
As local Pest Control experts, we understand that you don’t want these disturbing looking insects in your Omaha or Council Bluffs home. We’re happy to announce we can help you take steps to eliminate earwigs once and for all. However, just like most other household pests, it’s important that you take a little time to understand these insects. The better you can understand their movements and behaviors the less scary they become. Remember that while earwigs are not pleasant to look at, there is no need to fear these pests.
Let’s take a look at some interesting earwig facts to help put your mind at ease next time you encounter these every-day household pests.
First things first, earwigs do not crawl into humans ears while you are asleep or not asleep! Despite how many stories you might have heard about earwigs crawling into people’s ears to nest, to lay eggs or even to feed on your brain, here at Genie Pest Control, we can assure you that this is not true. While earwigs do seek out small, tight, dark places, they actually lay their eggs in underground nests throughout the fall and winter months. So your ears are safe and sound!
If an earwig feels cornered or threatened, it might use its pincers to defend itself. However, an earwigs pincers are typically not strong enough to break your skin, but it might pinch a little bit if they catch you. They’re forceps, or cerci, do not have any venom or poison in them, and earwigs cannot bite or sting people. Our local extermination team, advise to avoid handling them with your bare hands, as in this situation, they are most likely to defend themselves and may leave you with a small bruise or welt.
Most people associate earwigs with being a crawling insect and don’t think of them as flying insects. Earwigs do actually have wings. Generally speaking, earwigs are not particularly good at flying, but they do have two pairs of wings, and they can use them from time-to-time. The European earwig uses their wings to jump short distances, to escape from dangerous situations and to break their falls. Interestingly, an earwig’s unfolded wings are shaped like a human eat, which is where some people think that they get their name.
Cool, moist, and humid environments are an absolute favorite of earwigs, and if your home can offer a setting like this, you might find yourself with some unwanted earwigs. They love topsoil because it allows them to take refuge in a dark, cold, and humid environment.
Inside your Omaha or Council Bluffs home, basements are a common area to find earwig infestations. Our pest removal experts at Genie Pest Control have often encountered earwigs in under-sink cabinets and around the baseboards in bathrooms and kitchens. If you suspect that you have an earwig infestation, these are prime areas to keep an eye on.
Now that you know what earwigs are, how they behave, and what they are, and are not, capable of, we hope you’re less nervous if you encounter them. While the fact that earwigs are not harmful to humans might give you some peace of mind, but it doesn’t mean that you want them in your house.
If you have an earwig problem in your Omaha or Council Bluffs home, get in touch with our team at (402) 346-7810 or (712) 325-0808. Getting rid of pesky insects and pests once and for all is what Genie Pest Control is all about. Always using the most up-to-date tools, technology, and techniques to ensure that your earwig problem is dealt with efficiently and effectively, we’re excited to hear from you.