Earwig Facts

Earwigs are threatening looking insects, and the name is horrifying. Often, homeowners in Virginia Beach will BioGuard Pest Control to get rid of bugs like these. They love dark, wet areas, so you’ll often find them
in sink and bathtub drains. They like to live under the sink, too. Exterminators will look for them in the
foundation of your home, for that very reason.

Earwigs often enter the home through cracks in the foundation or through tiny gaps in the door or
window frames of your home. In some cases, they will come in open windows and doors. They can also
crawl up the pipes and enter the house through cracks in caulking.

While earwigs do eat aphids, they also can be devastating to seedling crops and flowers you put in the
garden every year. They also eat fruit, and can devastate crops. They are nocturnal insects, so you may
not realize you have them in your home. Most often, you’ll see them trapped in the bathtub, where they
have fallen and can’t climb out. Typically, earwigs don’t live very long in the house because of the
limited food sources.

The good news is that earwigs don’t carry diseases, the way cockroaches and crickets do. They can bite
though. The bite is painful, but earwigs don’t have any venom. There are no known allergies caused by
earwigs, and they have not been known to trigger asthmatic reactions.

Earwigs are small, with pairs of horny, forceps-like abdominal appendages, larger in the male than in the
female, and short, leathery forewings that cover the membranous hindwings when folded. Pest control
companies try to catch earwigs twice a year, because they hibernate. Females will lay over 30 eggs
in her nest, and produce two broods a year. The mother insect protects the nest and feeds the nymphs
until they can forage on their own. Your pest control professional may find them hiding under boards, dense
vegetation, and clumps of earth.

If you have earwigs in your home and on your property, call BioGuard, a local pest control company in Virginia Beach.