Earwigs, although generally harmless, can be quite a nuisance. Sometimes appearing similar unto silverfish, they are commonly found moving into homes and other structures during the summer. Found throughout the entire United States, earwigs are nocturnal and typically stay out of sight during the day. They will often be found in dark and damp areas. That includes under doormats, in and around flowerpots and other objects, and in cracks and crevices in your home.
You can identify them by their size, shape, and color. They are usually around ⅝” in length, are flat, and have a copper/brown body. They are also recognizable by their antennae and pinchers. They use their pinchers as a defense mechanism to ward off other insect attacks. They also use them to attack and subdue their prey.
Earwigs mostly eat other small insects and plant material. Due to the intensity of their destructive feeding habits, they are often confused with cutworms or even rabbits. Female earwigs usually lay their eggs in the spring, leading to infestations during the summer months.
Earwigs are generally very harmless when it comes to people. They can pinch, however, they lack the strength to cause any harm. They can also vomit a smelly stomach acid on you. That being said, they are still a nuisance pest. They will cause damage to many flowering plants as well as garden vegetables. While they don’t really cause damage to or in the home, you’ll still want to get rid of them.
While we recommend having a professional come to help manage any potential infestation, there are steps you can take to help minimize the threat:
One of our BioShield professionals can give you a good plan and more tips for keeping these pests off your property. Contact us today.