Bristol Earwig Control: FAQ's
What Are Earwigs?
As you can see from the image above, the common earwig is a well built insect with distinctive pincers on the abdomen. The earwig is part of a large family from the insect order Dermaptera, from the Greek, meaning "skin-wings". This insect order is large with over 2000 species found globally with the exception of Antarctica.
In Old English, the common term "earwig" is said to derive from the word eare, which means "ear" and wicga, which means "insect", or "beetle".
Most of the earwig species are simply crawling insects, but to the surprise of many, some earwigs are able to fly!
How Big Are Earwigs?
Earwigs come in many shapes and sizes, but in the UK most are less than 20mm in length. many earwigs you see are not actually the adults, and are juvinile versions of the adults. This can make identification of different species more difficult. Fortunately, acurate identification of earwig species is not always important in pest control, because these insects are usually a nuisance pest and not a pest of medical or economic importance.
What Is The Earwigs Life-Cycle?
Earwigs lay their eggs in groups of a few dozen or more that can take a few weeks to a few months or more to hatch. Eggs develop in well concealed areas where they are protected from predators, parasites and from the risk of dehydration. Looking under rocks and plant pots, even into tight crevices, you can sometimes find these precious batches of eggs.
Earwigs also go through incomplete metamorphosis, meaning they develop from eggs, to nymphs (miniatures of the adult), to mature adults capable of reproduction. They do not have larvae, but instead will molt. This is a trait they share with other insect pests like bed bugs and cockroaches.
One very nice and even endearing quality of the female earwig is her maternal instincts. She will commonly remain with her eggs and young until such time as she feels they are safe.
Can Earwigs Bite You?
Earwigs Can Bite! Admittedly not too hard, but they can.
The author woke one night to the sensation of one chewing on his chest and watched it for a few moments before laying it to rest. Earwig bites are not venomous and the "forcep like pincers" on the abdomen of the male earwig are not normally able to break human skin.
Where Do Earwigs Live?
We often find Earwigs in properties that are prefabricated, especially static caravans that seem to suffer the worst, but every property we visit is different. Earwigs are found predominantly outdoors, so we rarely find them in non-prefabricated buildings.
The sinister looking pincer at the rear of the earwig is entirely harmless and incidents like the one above are rare. So with 2000 or so species globally, are extremely common.
Are Earwigs Nocturnal?
Yes, they are nocturnal in habit, choosing to avoid the light of day, preferring instead to survive in dark places where light is scarce. This what makes them a little bit more scary, feeding into the folklore that surrounds these creatures.
A very simple way to discover earwigs, is at noght by torch light. If you visit flowers like roses, you will very likely find earwigs feading and this feeding behaviour also translates to plants in your home.
Do Earwigs Go In Your Ears?
Not really, but it is possible! Because earwigs like dark places it is not entirely unreasonable to expect the human ear canal (being warm, moist and dark) to be an inviting place for an earwig to shelter. We have never had any reports of earwigs in peoples ears.
Can Earwigs Fly?
Earwigs do have wings and are common visitors to outdoor lights, especially in the warm summer months. This often surprises people who don't realise that these common crawling insects are also compitent flying insects!
What Do Earwigs Eat?
Earwigs are omnivorous (eating both plants and animals) so an earwig will save your prized plants form other insect pests, only to consume them itself - How nice! We at WaspKill UK have a number of effective control options for these unwanted guests inside buildings to prevent enduring infestations.
At WaspKill UK our Bristol Earwig Control services have proved to be very popular and now you have some important facts to help you decide if professional control is going to be right for you, protecting your home and associated buildings around your property.
Insects are our passion and this is why we are the best at what we do. Bristol offers the perfect variety of pest habitats and opportunities for insect pests like Earwigs to exploit, from rich woodland to the urban high rise, and we are ready to help you understand and control Earwigs quickly and safely