These brown insects have the unique set of “pinchers” located on the rear of the insect. These “pinchers” or cerci are used for both offensive and defensive purposes and for holding food.
Facts about Earwigs:
- Adults can be as large as 1 inch long
- Prefer decaying organic matter for nesting
- Over winter in pairs in cells made of soil
- Can invade homes when populations get too large
- The name “earwig” comes from an old European superstition that these insects enter the ears of sleeping people and bore into their brain.
Control measures include cleaning up accumulated thatch on lawns, move wood piles and use less much in shrub beds. Chemical control is a power spray on the nesting areas that will penetrate the mulch and kill the insects. If earwigs give you that “crawling” feeling it’s time to Call Pest Control Technicians, Inc. for professional and effective treatments!