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European Earwig

“The European Earwig…”The adult earwig is one of the most common pests in homes and gardens. Earwigs vary in size from approximately ˝” to 1” in length, they are brown to black in color. Species may be winged or wingless. Only a few species are good fliers. The body terminates in a pair of forceps. These forceps or pincers are the earwig's most distinctive characteristic. The forceps are used in capturing prey and mating. Although earwigs appear somewhat dangerous due to their forceps, they are practically harmless to man. In early spring, females lay about 60 round white eggs in small nests in garden soil. When the eggs hatch, the nymphs leave the nest in search of food. They reach the adult stage in about 70 days. Earwigs are omnivorous, feeding on a wide variety of foods. They will eat live or dead insects as well as live or decaying vegetation. Earwigs can cause damage to cultivated plants and can cause limited damage to flowers, fruit and vegetables. They are a nuisance when they migrate indoors. Migrations of earwigs numbering in the 100's have been reported. Some species will emit a foul odor when disturbed.

Earwigs are nocturnal. During the day they will be found in moist shady places, in cushions on patio furniture, under woodpiles, stones, boards, compost piles, flower beds, and other secluded locations. When earwigs migrate indoors, they hide in cracks and crevices around baseboards and other locations. They may be found in potted plants and cut flowers.

The earwig typically invades homes and gardens from early summer to late fall. To enter the home, they crawl into wall voids, gaps in the siding, foundation, cracks and crevices and under doors. They create a very uncomfortable environment, however they do not bite, sting, feed, carry diseases or otherwise cause harm to people and pets. They cannot reproduce inside the house, as egg laying and development are restricted to the outdoors in soil.

Our “Earwig Maintenance & Prevention Program” is highly successful and will eliminate and control your earwig problems. We service all types of structures; rural and residential homes, vacation properties, barns, trailers, industrial and commercial complexes.

Completed during late spring and the summer months. The objective is to exterminate these pests in the most active periods.