Wacky Pest Wednesday: Earwigs

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Happy Wednesday to all of you Tri-County Pest Control fans out there, and welcome to our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday!  Follow along with us today, as we cover a unknown yet annoying pest: the earwig.

Earwigs are often hailed as one of the strangest looking pests out there—they are a brown critter with pincers on the back.  You can find these guys crawling on the ground, but some have the ability to fly, making them a scary pest for some.  However, the earwig is virtually harmless to humans, as they generally feed on plants and other small insects.  Sure, their pincers look menacing, but they can do little to no harm on the average human.

Instead, the thing you need to be careful about with earwigs is their ability to reproduce in large quantities, sometimes up to 80 eggs at one time.  These eggs will hatch in about 7 days, making the earwig infestation much worse the longer treatment is seeked.  During these winter months, earwigs may be tempted to come inside for warmth and food, so try to limit the amount of time that your doors and windows are open, and be sure to fill any holes in your exterior, as they can wiggle into the tiniest crack available.  

In addition, illuminating your home is also an easy way to keep earwigs at bay, as they are scared of brightly lit places.

Fun fact: they are called earwigs because as legend has it, they are able to crawl into people’s ears and lay eggs in their brains.  However, this is not possible, and is nothing more than folklore.

Their namesake may be abstract, but their status as pests is not.  If you ever find yourself faced with a earwig infestation, know that one quick call to Tri-County Pest Control is all you need!

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