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What Insect Species Is The Earwig?

Earwigs date back to 1909, at which time a taxidermist working on a deceased bulldog discovered the insect. The tale was later told by German/British taxidermist Karl Jordan. It wasn’t until 41 years later when scientists identified two suborders – Hermimerina and Arixeniina – of the earwig species. The earwig species belong to the Dermaptera order, with a long, slender body, two sets of wings, three sets of legs, two antennas, and abdominal “cerci,” tiny curved pincers that open and close like forceps. The earwig ranges from dark brown to reddish/brown in color. The largest species of the earwig is the Saint Helena Giant, which is reportedly three inches in length. To date, scientists have identified around900 Dermaptera members, most of which are drawn to warm climates. A strange tale of an earwig crawling inside a human ear and reproducing circulated for decades was never validated.

Why Is My Home Infested With Earwigs?

Earwigs are what scientists have deemed an “overwintering” pest. Beginning in the fall, the earwig species begins searching for buildings with easy access points. Earwig home invasion is very common in late fall before the winter season kicks in. These insects are drawn to warm, dark, and damp areas in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and crawlspaces. Homeowners have also reported earwig sightings in and around their potted plants. The earwig is a nocturnal pest, which means it feeds at night. The insect leaves its hiding place in the late evening in search of food. The diet consists of plants and small insects like flea and dust mites. Earwig infestations are generally a result of a primary pest infestation.

Do Earwigs Pose A Health Risk To Kids And Adults?

Scientists have never linked earwigs with diseases and parasites that spread to humans. These insects are more of a pest than a human health risk or environmental threat. Contrary to belief, the earwig cerci are powerful enough to damage the leaves of plants but too weak to pierce the human skin. These are non-venomous insects, ruling out all potential risks in the event of a bite.  Yes, the insect can and will bite, but only on rare occasions.

What Steps To Take To Eradicate An Earwig Infestation?

Unlike the bed bug, ant, and ladybug, the earwig does not travel in groups. They also do not build nests, but instead prefer to hang out in dark, warm, humid areas. For these reasons, an earwig infestation is extremely rare. If you or a member of your household reported an earwig sighting, you should still take action. Even though these insects do not live in colonies does not mean they are always alone. If it is determined your home is infested with earwigs, things will get complicated from here on out. We recommend eliminating food sources like potted plants and decreasing humidity levels in problematic areas. This is just the beginning, from here, you will need to address the earwig accessibility of your home. How do earwigs access homes and businesses? They do it through tiny cracks, holes, and crevices near doors, windows, and plumbing pipes.

When Should I Expect The Exterminator To Arrive At My Home?

To initiate a pest control visit, we recommend contacting our Los Angeles office at your earliest convenience. When our customer support team receives your request, an appointment will be scheduled for you at the earliest convenience. We will dispatch an exterminator out to your home within 24 to 48 hours of the initial pest control request.

Is Earwig Pest Control Insecticides Harmful To The Environment?

Yes, when administered, handled, or stored improperly. We heed the manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions to eliminate any further risk to the environment. We also utilize only pesticides and insecticides approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA-approved pesticides are safe as long as the users follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and heed the EPA pesticide administration regulations. These pesticides combined with traps will maximize the impact of our pest control service. We also recommend making your home less attractive to the earwig, a continuous process.

Is It Possible To Prevent A Secondary Earwig Infestation?

Yes, it is possible to prevent future earwig infestations. We will arm you and your family with the much-needed pest control management tools and knowledge to rebuild your home’s pest barrier better than ever before. Without a pest barrier, which seals off the home from earwigs and other insects. Utilizing caulk or another waterproof sealant, you can seal all potential access points, even those you believe are too small for an earwig to access. The second step of the process targets high humidity areas that are commonly found in basements, crawlspaces, kitchens, and bathrooms. We also recommend moving potted plants to the garage or another suitable location as an earwig deterrence. Last, but not least, you will need to begin the transition from neon vapor lighting to sodium vapor lighting for decks and porches.

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