The nomenclature earwig in every culture represents some form of a tale of burrowing into one’s ear and laying eggs. This is probably like those old Greek mythology stories, trying to explain why things are the way they are. Regardless, as interesting as this can be, the earwig might not burrow into your brain, but it certainly is not a pest you want crawling around your property at free will. That’s what it’ll do, given the chance. With the risk

About The Earwig

One good thing about the species of the earwig is that it can easily be identified. When you see it, you will have no question as to what you are dealing with thanks to the long and deceptively long cerci or pincers or clippers. Whatever you want to refer to them as they are located on the bug’s abdominal region and are what the name describes. They are reddish-brown in color with flattened body shapes. Speaking of the cerci, this is just another way that the species can be broken down even further. The cerci on the males are curvier. They can spread further apart very quickly.

The female counterpart is a little slender and straight shaped. These mythical brain burrowers prefer dark, damp areas, but the fact that they are almost nocturnal is what makes them so much harder to detect than most species. When you do see one, you won’t have a problem distinguishing what you are looking at. However, the problem might be finding one. During the day, you might be able to check under potted plants, bricks, wood, doormats, and anywhere that offers a suitable environment. The bugs will be dormant during these times, so you’ll have to go to them.

What Threat Do They Pose?

From everything you’ve heard about the earwig, you probably don’t need anyone twisting your arm, convincing you they are dangerous. They have pincers, right? Well, the truth of the matter is they don’t pose any real threat. They do pinch but aren’t strong enough to even break the skin. It might be a startling experience, but it should be virtually painless. In addition to this, they don’t carry or transmit any known diseases. However, they can be a nuisance when they invade the home. Their appearance alone can be extremely unsettling for many.

Some individuals have even become so frightened with the thought of being in the same home with the pesky pest that they’ve found themselves unable to sleep. Don’t let this happen to you, especially not in your own home. Reach out to one of our highly-skilled, knowledgeable, and trained pest management pros and we’ll dispatch someone out to the property within the next 24 to 48 hours. We do, however, have emergency specialists standing by if the situation calls for it. Whatever the situation, don’t hesitate! Feel more than free to reach out because it’s what we are here for.

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