Earwigs are feared by many people due to their appearance. However they are pretty harmless to humans. When it comes to them being a nuisance or pest though, that’s a whole difference story. Earwigs can be found all over the country including cities such as Pittsburgh or Crafton, PA. Once an infestation is found, simply applying an insecticide will not rid them from a home. A homeowner will need to contact their local exterminator to rid of this pest problem as efficiently and smoothly as possible.
What do earwigs look like?
As stated before, earwigs have a unique appearance that can frighten humans who encounter this insect. There are over 20 species of earwigs in the US alone. They can range from 5 to 25 mm depending on what type of species they are. Most are dark brown or black with flattened bodies. These insects also have pincers which are located on the back of the abdomen. The pincers are what frighten people the most. Many believe that these pincers can cause harm, but in reality, they are only used as a defense mechanism and rarely break the skin.
Where do earwigs live and what do they eat?
Earwigs prefer to live in dark, damp areas. They can be found under rocks, logs, in mulch, or damp areas like dark basements and unventilated crawl spaces. Earwigs often migrate into homes when they need to find food or if there is a change in the weather that makes their current living area unlivable.
These insects are omnivores and will eat both plants and insects. While it would take a very large population of them to do serious damage to plants, the question has been raised as to whether or not they are a threat to crops. For homeowners, they may find some earwigs in their flower pots and plants for feeding. Bug exterminators can easily identify areas they typically live and hide.
What to do if there is an infestation
Earwigs are commonly found outside of the home, but sometimes if the conditions are right, they will come indoors. Again, due to an earwig’s threatening appearance, seeing more than one in a home or apartment can cause panic and is considered an infestation. If multiple earwigs are found, it’s best for the homeowner or renter to call an exterminator to eliminate the problem. Local insect control companies such as Spectrum Pest Control have the expansive knowledge to serve homeowners and business and eliminate these pests from the premises.