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Today, there are more than 900 species of Dermaptera which includes earwigs. These small insects have long bodies and horny appendages. Although they’re harmless, they can use their appendages or cerci to pinch people and animals. Their cerci can grow up to a third of the length of the insect’s body. Some earwigs have wings, but others do not. Their bodies are reddish-brown or dark brown. They can grow up to half an inch in length. However, the Saint Helena Giant Earwig is significantly longer. She can reach 3 inches in length. There is a myth that earwigs burrow in human brains. Don’t worry about this since it doesn’t happen.
Reasons For Earwig Infestations
When it gets hot outside, earwigs try to invade residences. They do not like dry, hot weather. Therefore, they’ll migrate indoors. They want to hide in warm, temperate areas. When they enter a residential or commercial structure, they’ll find plenty of places to hide. Since earwigs are nocturnal, they’re going to hide during the day and roam at night. They are attracted to fleas and mites. If you have a flea infestation, you’ll likely get earwigs too. In general, these pests are found in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
How Dangerous Are Earwigs?
Despite the myth that earwigs can burrow in human brains, they’re not dangerous. They can use their cerci to pinch people, but it shouldn’t hurt. They’re usually not strong enough to break the skin. These pests can damage your plants. You’ll want to get rid of them before they destroy your blossoms.
Eliminating Earwigs In Your Home Or Business
Are you looking for ways to remove earwigs from your home? Ultimately, it is best to start by reducing the earwig population outside. Once you’ve done this, you can make it harder for earwigs to enter your home. Start by sealing any cracks and gaps you find around your dwelling. Seal the gaps you find around windows, doors, cables, and pipes. You’ll also want to switch to sodium vapor yellow lights because they’re less attractive to earwigs and other pests. Taking these steps will reduce the likelihood that earwigs are going to invade your home.
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Preventing Invasions Of Earwigs
Take steps to keep earwigs out of your dwelling. One of the best ways to do this is by eliminating moisture. Make sure that west conditions are dealt with immediately. You’ll also want to switch to sodium vapor yellow lights. Make sure that your exterior walls are fully sealed. Block small gaps around doors, windows, cables, and pipes. When these pests enter your home, call us. We’ll remove them for you.