08/09/16
Earwigs are alive and thriving. And this summer, they’re making their presence known. Whether you’ve encountered an infestation or seen your fair share around the yard, you might not know much about these critters beyond their appearance. Here are 5 interesting earwig (or, pincher bug) facts you didn’t know:

1. They won’t go near your ears

While their name may suggest otherwise, earwigs will not attempt to enter your ears and feed on your brain. This myth about earwigs’ motives is far from the truth. Though they do prefer dark and moist areas, your ear isn’t high on their list of habitable places. Not to worry.

2. They’ll fiercely protect their young

Just when you thought you were a loyal and protective person, earwigs have taken those traits to the next level. An earwig can lay dozens of eggs at a time and the mother will devote her time to protecting the eggs. In fact, she’ll stay with them until they hatch — up until their first molt. After that, the nymphs are free to roam on their own.

3. They don’t use their wings

Equipped with wings and capable of flight, earwigs might surprise you with their lack of time in the sky. Though they often don’t take advantage of the wings in their backs, earwigs use other methods of getting around. They might take flight from time to time, but it can be a rare sight in our area.

4. There are a variety of earwig species

There are over 1,000 species of earwigs around the world, and a little over 20 types here in the United States. The earwigs you most often see around here are European earwigs, some of the most popular in the country. They were introduced into the U.S. in the 1900s, and have since become a common pest for many homeowners and adventurers.

5. They’re omnivores

Thanks to a set of pincers or forceps, earwigs often capture hearty meals consisting of both plants and other insects. From composting leaves to garden plants to arthropods, earwigs vie for a variety of snacks. Don’t let their intimidating stature fool you — they’ll cause no harm to humans. If you’ve encountered an earwig problem, contact Plunkett’s Pest Control. Our technicians are trained and equipped to deal with your pest issue, and we provide excellent customer service in our family-owned and -operated business. Contact us today to learn more or schedule a service!


All Categories

animal controlant colonyant controlant exclusionant factsant infestationant pestsantipest habitsantsasian lady beetlesatticautumnavoiding ticksbasementbasement bugsbasement pestsbatsbed bug activitybed bug controlbed bug exclusionbed bug exterminationbed bug identificationbed bug infestationbed bug signsbed bug travelbed bugsbed bugs issuesbed bugs pest controlbeesbees wasps & hornetsbeetlesbeneficial pestsbox elder bugbox elder bugsbrown reclusebrown recluse spider locationsbugsbugs in fallbugs in wintercabinscarpenter antscarpet beetlescaterpillarscatscaulkcentipedecentipede controlcentipedeschecking for bed bugsclothes mothscluttercockroachescollegecommercial pest controldangerous spidersdetect bed bugsdiseasesdiydiy pest controldogsdoorframe sealingdormsdraftsearwigearwig controlearwig factsearwigseco friendlyecologyenvironmentalismfallfall invadersfall pest controlfall pestsfall rodentsfinding bed bugsfirewoodfleasfliesfly controlfly exclusionflying pestsfood infestationsfood pestsfood protectionfruit fliesgarden pestsget rid of cockroacheshappy halloweenhappy holidayshappy thanksgivingheat treatmenthelpful pestshiding pestshistoryholiday decorationsholiday pestsholidayshomeowner tipshousehouse centipedeshouse flieshouse micehouse pestshouse ratshouse spidershow to find bed bugshow to get rid of micehumidityindian meal mothindian meal moth infestationindian meal moth larvaeindoor pest controlindoor pestsinfestationinfographicinsectsintegrated pest managementinvasioninvasive specieskeep mice outkeep pests outkeeping rats outkitchenkitchen antskitchen flieskitchen pestslady bugsladybugslarvaelawn pestsmeal mothsmicemice in wintermidwest pest controlmidwest termitesminneapolis pest controlminnesotaminnesota pest controlmoisture controlmosquito attractionmosquito bitemosquito controlmosquitoesmoth controlmoth infestationmoth preventionmothsmousemouse controlmouse in housemouse infestationnew officenew yearsnew years resolutionsnuisance pestsoutdoor pest controlpantry mothspantry pest controlpantry pestspavement antspest activitypest companypest controlpest exclusionpest freepest identificationpest infestationpest informationpest invasionpest managementpest newspest preventionpest prevention tipspesticidespestspests in summerpetspincher bugsplumbing leaksplunkettsplunketts newsplunketts pest controlprevent bed bugspreventative maintenancepreventative pest controlpreventionproblemsprofessional pest controlproperty damageraccoonsrat controlrat exclusionrat infestationratsrats in houseresidential pest controlroachesrodent awarenessrodent infestationrodent preventionrodentssafesafe pest controlscary pestssilverfishsnakessowbugsspeakerspider bitesspider factsspider infestationspider preventionspider websspidersspiders at the cabinspiders in your homespringspring cleaningspring pestsstinging insectsstink bug controlstink bug exclusionstink bugsstink bugs in midweststored food pestssugar antssummersummer bugssummer mosquitoessummer peststechnical directortermite controltermite exclusiontermite infestationtermitestestthanksgivingtick protectiontickstravel tipstraveling bed bugstriviavalentines daywarm weatherwaspsweatherstrippingwebbuilding spiderswebswildlifewindow sealingwinterwinter maintenancewinter pestswood damagewooddestroying pestsworkplace pestsyard maintenance