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What are Earwigs?
Measuring between 5-25 millimeters in length, earwigs are slender, crawling insects that eat insects and plants. There are about 25 different species of earwigs that are found, so it is quite common to see different kinds of earwigs in even a single location. Around the world, there are about 2000 different species of earwigs and these insects are found in different countries such as Australia, North and South America, New Zealand and other parts.
Most earwigs have flat bodies, which allow them to fit themselves into tight spaces. Although they are usually less than 25 millimeters in length, some species such as the Australian Giant Earwig can even measure up to 50 millimeters. Another species, the Saint Helena Earwig is considered extinct and used to measure around 78 millimeters. The pincers found on the abdomens of these insects are used to capture their smaller prey or to defend themselves against bigger predators. Most species have a pair of wings and although they are capable of flying, they usually don’t.
Although earwigs are not primarily social creatures, the mother earwig nurtures its young, even giving up food to protect the eggs and fighting against predators to protect them. Mother earwigs also clean the eggs at frequent intervals to keep them from developing fungi. Once the eggs hatch, the nymphs feed on the casing of their eggs and are then fed on regurgitated food by their mother while nesting under her until they reach the stage of their second molt. In some cases, the mother meets her death while taking care of her young.
Where Will You See Earwigs
Earwigs are mostly active in the night, although if disturbed from their hiding places during the day. You can sometimes see them scampering about in search of another dark place to hide. Since earwigs feed on insects and plants, which are found in abundance outdoors, these insects are rarely found in a household or place of business. During warmer months, they do tend to move indoors due to the heat outside. They prefer cooler areas within a home or office to find a place to rest or even find food.
Outdoors, you can find them in the dampest of areas, under stones, mulch, piles of dead and decaying leaves, or any other natural habitat that has an abundance of plants that are putrefying. These are also locations where you will plenty of other smaller insects that have the same food habits of an earwig, and therefore, earwigs also find their other source of food here – smaller insects.
What do Earwigs Feed On
Earwigs have a varied diet and can feed on plants and ripened fruit as well as decaying plant and animal parts. Among insects, woolly aphids, bluebottle flies and plant lice are their favorites while in plants, they can feed on a wide variety ranging from cauliflower, lettuce, grapes, potatoes and plums to corn silk, beets and flowers such as dahlias and sunflowers. Some species of earwigs even live on the outside of mammals such as bats and rats, feeding on their secretions.
Primarily, they do not cause humans any harm, except for the nuisance factor when they invade the indoors. In search of crevices, people often come across earwigs in damp areas such as bathrooms, sinks, or other moist and shaded places like compost, outdoor furniture, trash cans, patios or window frames.
On the other hand, earwigs also prove to be food for other preying birds, mammals, insects and even parasites. Among the predators that feed on earwigs are lizards, spiders, centipedes, bats, yellow jackets. In some cases, the eggs and nymphs, when unprotected, are also fed on by other earwigs.
Parasites too play their part, and several kinds of parasites like a species of the Tyroglyphoid Mite, 26 different species of parasitic fungus from the order Laboulbeniales and Scarlet Acarine Mites.
Limiting Earwig Activity
The most important element of controlling earwigs is eliminating their hiding places. Move decorative rocks, landscape timbers, logs and lumber piles away from the base. Produce a zone near the base that is certainly without any compost, dead leaves along with other organic substance. Trim shrubs and trees that bring about damp, shadowed areas near the house.
Examine gutters and downspouts to be sure they drain away from the foundation. Correct outdoor lamps to shine from the lawn onto the home–insects will soon be enticed away from the home. Because white lights are somewhat more attractive to insects, if going outside light fixtures isn’t practical, consider changing lights to yellow bulbs. Repair screens on crawl space vents and make certain that the ports are not blocked. A de-humidifier might assist in a moist basement.
Earwigs may infest a variety of locations in a house. Due to that, it could be needed to work with several pesticide products to regulate them efficiently. A pest control specialist will hold the products and products to control earwigs efficiently. Earwigs aren’t dangerous to individuals however they may be completely startling as they dart quickly when uncovered. They’re most comfortable in rather damp earth or in rotting vegetation. At Times, when individuals are cleaning-up leaves, earwigs will scurry from the rubble, causing alarm. Earwigs have flexible bodies, as it goes the back end, or belly, appears in order to arch. These forceps aren’t dangerous, even though they could pinch.
The Exterminators Earwig Control
Whether it is your home or business, the presence of unwanted creatures on the property is always a nuisance. At The Exterminators we understand your need for keeping these insects away. Consequently we offer guaranteed services to keep your property free from these pests.
Our 24/7 services are prompt, safe and reliable and to back up our word, we even offer a 6-month warranty. Call us today on 647-496-2211for an inspection appointment.