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Earwigs

Earwigs
Common NamePincher Bugs
Length:5 to 50 mm
Color:Black-brown
Pinch:Yes
What are Earwigs?

Earwigs are insects coming from the dermapteran order. They are usually brown in color and has an intimidating appearance very similar to that of a cockroach. Because of their odd look, they can cause quite a scare to homeowners. They are pretty uncommon around Arizona too, however, there are still some property owners who complain about earwig infestation. Perhaps their rare sighting is the reason why many are scared of them. Some simply don’t know how to deal with earwigs.

They are pretty small. An adult earwig can measure between 5 to 25 mm depending on their species. They have two pairs of wings, but they rarely fly. When they do, it would only be short bursts that wouldn’t be high enough and fast enough to chase down humans.

Their form of self-defense would be excretion of a liquid that smells quite foul. They don’t sting or bite. Instead, they would pinch you using their tiny legs or their pincers, which would cause very little discomfort and in rare occasions, a little breaking of the skin too.

They’re called earwigs possibly because of the myth that claims they would crawl into human ears as we sleep. However, there’s no scientific basis to this claim and no proof about it at all. They live in wet or damp and cool areas, mostly in gardens where there’s plenty of their food source. They feed on sprouts, decaying vegetations, and other plants.

If you suspect earwig infestation in your Arizona property, it is best to call Watchdog Pest Control for proper handling. You may reach us at 602-842-5290 for earwig removal.

Where Do Earwigs Live?

Earwigs are found almost everywhere in the world. They prefer wet or damp areas where it’s not too warm and humid. Most of the time, you’ll find these pests outdoors where they have easier access to their food source. They usually feed on plants, sprouts, and decaying vegetations. Earwigs rarely go indoors unless they are seeking for shelter during extreme weather conditions such as when it gets too warm outside.

Since earwigs hate the dry and hot weather, which is usually the case in Arizona, many residents find one or a few of these pests indoors. These earwigs may crawl into your home when they find cracks or crevices on walls, doors, and windows. It is most likely for them to enter your basement especially when the area is damp and cool. When you have a lot of indoor plants, then it’s possible for these to be inviting for them too.

There are multiple species of earwigs and they live in varied locations. Their most common habitat is wet or damp soil because it remains cool most of the time. They like it when their home remains undisturbed for long periods of time. So if you regularly tend to your garden, then it’s unlikely for them to stay there to build nests there as you will be there to destroy it way too often.

However, if you have areas across your property that remain untouched for some time but regularly watered, especially if there’s vegetation, earwigs will most likely live there. While they probably won’t damage your home, they’re still pests in the garden. Best to call Watchdog Pest Control for earwig removal at 602-842-5290.

What Kinds of Earwigs Live in My Area?

Arizona is a land of sunshine and warmth almost year round. On average, there are about 10 out of 12 months of sun in our state every year. Because earwigs prefer cooler temperatures and damper environment, only a few of their species live in Arizona. In fact, there are about 2,000 species of earwigs across the world — 20 of those are in Northern America and very few in Arizona and its surrounding states.

Among the most common earwigs found in Arizona is the European earwig. They’re just about over half an inch long with a brown and reddish body. They have two pairs of short wings that don’t help them at all in flying. In fact, they rarely fly. They do have pincers or the cerci on their rear, just at the tip of their abdomen. This is what they use to protect themselves when they’re threatened.

Thankfully, earwigs in Arizona don’t bite or sting. They don’t have venom or poison so they’re generally harmless. They would eat decaying vegetation, seedlings, sprouts, and sometimes even smaller insects. They’d rather stay outdoors where their food remains accessible. However, since it’s mostly warm in Arizona, they would find their way indoors underneath doormats, plant pots, bricks, or your damp basement floor.

Because they’re not so common in our state, seeing an earwig or two may cause fear or panic in the household. Again, you must know they are harmless but they must be removed. For earwig removal services, you may seek assistance from Watchdog Pest Control. Call us at 602-842-5290 for an appointment.

What Damage Can Earwigs Inflict On You And Your Home?

We’ve heard of horror stories of people having earwigs enter their ears as they sleep at night and lay eggs inside. You can breathe a sigh of relief now because these stories are untrue. While it’s entirely possible for earwigs to crawl into your ears, it’s not likely to happen unless you spend the night sleeping in the garden or on damp floors of home basements. Now that this issue has been set aside, what kind of damage can you expect from earwigs? Can they bring harm to you and your home?

Truth be told, earwigs may look a little scary because of their brown appearance and tiny wings, but they are very harmless to humans. They don’t bite nor sting. They aren’t venomous. They rarely fly, and when they do, they won’t even fly high and fast enough to catch you. The least they can do is pinch your finger when you hold on to them as their form of self-defense. That pinch can cause a little discomfort. If it breaks your skin, just wash with mild soap and you need not worry anymore. Of course, if there’s anything unusual, you must seek assistance from medical professionals.

Earwigs feed mostly on decaying vegetation. One damage an earwig infestation can do in your home is to ruin the plants in your garden. Especially if you’re an avid gardener or if you plant veggies in your yard, then that would be a major problem for sure.

But who wants to live around insects like earwigs? If you see some in your yard and you suspect an infestation, it is best to call experts in earwig removal. Call Watchdog Pest Control at 602-842-5290 for assistance.

What Do I Do If I Was Bitten/Stung by Earwigs?

Earwigs are of the less common pests in Arizona. They like places where it’s cool and damp most of the time. However, if you have a garden or lawn right outside your home, it is not impossible to find them there. Some may even crawl into your basement or kitchen if they find some cracks and holes on walls, windows, and doors. Because they’re quite a rare sight compared to other more common pests like mosquitoes, scorpions, and others, one could get worried if they can be bitten or stung by earwigs.

Here’s some good news — earwigs don’t bite nor sting. They don’t have stingers. They don’t have venom or poison. You never have to worry about being bitten by an earwig ever. However, there are chances that you will be pinched by these earwigs. When you hold on to them or if they happen to crawl up to your open toe shoe, you may feel a slight bit of pain or discomfort when you get pinched by an earwig.

Thankfully, these earwigs aren’t even strong enough to pinch you too hard for you to scream in pain. Unless you’re overly sensitive to pain, then you probably won’t mind earwig pinches. In some rare cases, an earwig’s pinch can break the skin. If this happens, you simply have to wash with mild soap and use some disinfectant. Treat it the same way you would treat an ordinary wound.

While their pinches aren’t necessarily dangerous, they still don’t belong to places where humans are such as your home or place of business. For earwig removal, call Watchdog Pest Control at 602-842-5290.

What Can You Do If You Already Have Earwigs?

Truth be told, earwig infestations are quite uncommon especially in Arizona where it’s mostly dry and warm all year. This is the primary reason why some homeowners worry or even panic when they see an earwig anywhere in their property especially indoors. When you already have earwigs in your home, the best thing for you to do is to call experts in pest control to have them removed right away. The next step would be to make sure there’s no way for them to come back.

Earwigs wouldn’t prey on humans. They won’t even eat your food. However, they can destroy your garden or cause quite a scare because these insects resemble cockroaches and other unattractive insects from the dermapteran order. Their leather-like wings would even add to the fear because they could fly anytime. It’s great to know though that earwigs don’t fly as well as mosquitoes or the housefly. They would do so in very short bursts and more often than not, they would just be crawling on the ground.

When there are earwigs indoors, it’s time to do a major cleanup. If you have any indoor plants, make sure they are clean and free from possible earwig eggs. You must also ensure there are no areas especially in your basement and garage that remain damp and dirty as these areas are most inviting for earwigs.

If you believe there could be an earwig problem in your property, whether indoors or outdoors, Watchdog Pest Control can certainly help you out. For earwig removal services, call 602-842-5290 for assistance.

How Do You Prevent Earwigs From Invading Your Environment?

It can be quite challenging to say whether there’s an earwig infestation in your property unless you know where to look for these pests. Most often than not, one or two of these insects dermapteran insects would show up giving you the impression that there aren’t any of them left hiding. Truth is, when you see one or two, there’s most likely a whole lot more of them seeking shelter in your home or place of business. It is best to learn how to prevent earwigs from invading your environment to stop the infestation before it even starts.

Earwigs are winged creatures but they crawl most of the time. In fact, they rarely fly so you won’t have to worry much about these things entering through open windows. These crawlers would hide under leafy areas of your garden. They may enter your home through cracks and holes on windows or doors. Because they feed on seedlings, sprouts, and decaying vegetation, they’d stay out most of the time. But when it gets too hot and dry outside, they may find a way to get in to look for wet or damp areas.

In order to prevent them from invading your environment, you must keep your garden properly cleaned and maintained. They like it best when the soil where they live remains undisturbed. If you regularly tend to your garden or mow your lawn, they won’t stick around. Furthermore, you need to dispose of plant and grass cuttings properly so they won’t have another place to hide and find food. Make sure your home also remains dry and clean all the time.

Better yet, seek assistance from the experts at Watchdog Pest Control. You may reach us at 602-842-5290.

Are Earwigs Dangerous For My Pets?

If you spot an earwig or two in your property, it is likely there are more of them hiding somewhere. While they’re usually outdoors where they can be close to their food source, there are times when earwigs find their way in. They feed on decaying vegetation, sprouts, seedlings, and even other insects, depending on their species. You may wonder if these pests can be dangerous for your pets. Read on to find out more.

Earwigs are generally harmless insects. They are still considered pests because large infestations can cause a whole lot of inconvenience in your household. They may also end up destroying the garden that you worked so hard on to keep beautiful and well maintained. When it comes to pets, these earwigs are not considered dangerous. Humans shouldn’t even be scared! These pests do not have stingers so they don’t sting. They don’t bit either. But they do have pincers which they would use to pinch you and hold on to your skin when they feel threatened.

In case your cat or dog comes across an earwig in your yard, the worst that could happen is that the earwig would pinch and hang on to your pet’s nose or leg. The pinch may cause quite a discomfort and maybe a little pain, but there’s nothing to be alarmed about. It is good to know that earwigs don’t have stingers that carry venom or poison.

Even if they’re harmless, it isn’t good to have pests living around your property. For earwig removal, call the experts at Watchdog Pest Control. You may reach us at 602-842-5290.

When are Earwigs Most Active?

In a state where it’s warm most of the time, earwig infestation is quite uncommon. But earwigs invading gardens and homes in Arizona are not unheard of. In fact, many homeowners have dealt with a lot of stress just because of the presence of these earwigs in their household. So when do you have to watch out for earwigs? When are they most active?

Earwigs are nocturnal insects. They would crawl around properties at night seeking for food and water. They would eat decaying vegetation, sprouts, and seedlings. Some earwig species eat other smaller insects. They are most active at night and would probably use this time to crawl up to your home to seek shelter especially when it’s too dry and warm outside.

They like it where it’s damp and cool. During the day, earwigs would hide from sight under rocks, large leaves, logs, and other vegetation. They may even be found underneath couches and cushions you left outdoors in your patio overnight. Earwigs would rather go where humans can’t find them, but apparently, they’re not doing a good job because we still manage to find they’re hiding places!

Earwigs are drawn to light sources. While they aren’t a fan of sunlight, they’d definitely go where it’s lighted up in the evening. This is why they would usually gather on porches and patios where you leave your exterior lights on.

If you suspect earwig infestation in your property, better call experts for earwig removal right away. You may spot only a few but there’s certainly more hiding somewhere in your property! Call Watchdog Pest Control for professional assistance at 602-842-5290.

Where Are The Common Hiding Places For Earwigs?

Earwigs are quite a rare sight in most Arizona properties mainly because our weather is mostly dry and warm. These pests like it best where it’s damp or wet and cool most of the time. But if you have a garden or lawn that regularly gets watered, then there’s reason for them to stay. Of course, you don’t have to get rid of your beautiful garden just to remove these pests. You can simply call for earwig removal services to stop infestations and for experts to help you find their common hiding places.

Earwigs feed on decaying plants and vegetation, sprouts and even seedlings. However, they like hiding where you won’t disturb their habitat. If you regularly tend your garden, then it’s likely they won’t stay there for long. If there’s a spot where you leave leaves and branches that you’ve cut or trimmed from your garden, they’ll most likely take shelter there, especially if you don’t clean up right away.

They’d end up seeking shelter indoors only when it’s too dry and hot outside. They would enter by crawling through small spaces on windows, doors, and cracks on the walls. Most often than not, they’d be hiding in your basement or garage where there are damp areas for them to cool down.

Because they’re quite uncommon compared to other insects, most homeowners don’t know how to deal with earwigs. The best way to get rid of them is by calling for earwig removal services. You may reach out to Watchdog Pest Control at 602-842-5290 for assistance.

What Is The Birthing Cycle Of Earwigs?

There are at least 2,000 earwig species found all over the world. In our country, many of these species are found in the northern states because of the cooler and damper weather. However, there are still some species of earwigs in Arizona and they are certainly considered pests in many households. Because it’s mostly sunny year round in our state, they would usually go to darker spaces around your property such as under large plants, rocks, logs, and vegetations in your garden as this is where their food comes from. They would usually crawl to basements, water fixtures, and garages when they want to get into your home.

The birthing cycle of earwigs involves incomplete metamorphosis, unlike many other insects. They are identified as hemimetabolous. The series of metamorphosis include between 4 and 6 molts. In between these molts are instars. The lifespan of an earwig reaches only about a year from the time they hatched from an egg.

Mating season usually begins in autumn and may extend to wintertime. The male earwig sperm remains within the female’s body for a few months until the eggs are fertilized. Sometime between winter and spring, the female will lay about 20 to 80 eggs in a span of 2 days. These eggs are pearly white so when you spot an earwig nest, you definitely won’t miss their eggs. After 7 days, the eggs will begin to hatch. After about 6 instars, the baby earwigs will become adults.

If you spot an earwig nest in your property or if you suspect an earwig infestation, call Watchdog Pest Control for professional assistance. You may reach us at 602-842-5290 for earwig removal services.

What is the History of Earwigs?

There are about 20,000 species of earwigs found all over the world. More or less 20 of these species are in North America. While there are very few species of earwigs in Arizona, they are considered a common pest in many households and properties. They belong to the Dermaptera insect order where earwigs have at least 2 families. They’re quite small and they have forceps-like pincers on their rear. They’re nocturnal insects and are most active during night time. They feed on decaying vegetation and other plants while some of their other species eat smaller insects.

The history of earwigs most likely started with the first fossil record of the dermapteran order. That was about 208 million years ago in Australia and England. Of course, earwigs didn’t look the same then as they are now. Back then, adult earwigs had tarsi with five segments. Their pincers were most likely straightened out back then as well. It has also been mentioned that earwigs were always similar to cockroaches or the Blattodea. This is due to their color as well as their shell-like forewings.

Quite obviously, earwigs have been on earth for a very, very long time — way before the history of humans started. This only goes to show that while the average lifespan of an earwig lasts only about a year, their species are survivors and would most likely be here to stay for millions of years further. In this case, you must prevent them from invading your home. For assistance in earwig removal and prevention, you may reach out to Watchdog Pest Control. Call us at 602-842-5290 for assistance.

 

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If you spot an earwig or two in your property, it’s likely there’s more of them hiding somewhere. While they’re usually outdoors where they can be close to their food source, there are times when earwigs find their way in.

In order to prevent them from invading your environment, you must keep your garden properly cleaned and maintained. They like it best when the soil where they live remains undisturbed. If you regularly tend to your garden or mow your lawn, they won’t stick around. Furthermore, you need to dispose of plant and grass cuttings properly so they won’t have another place to hide and find food. Make sure your home also remains dry and clean all the time.

Better yet, seek assistance from the experts at Watchdog Pest Control.

Watchdog Pest Control can come periodically to monitor your home and help prevent an infestation of earwigs.

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