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Have you found earwigs in San Tan Valley?

Have you found earwigs in San Tan Valley?

Have you seen a strange looking bug outside your Phoenix area home?  It could be earwigs. Earwigs in Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, San Tan Valley and other areas are common so read on to learn how to identify these funny looking, but harmless bugs.

What do earwigs look like?

Earwigs, also known as Pincher bugs are unusual insects about 5/8” long and brown to black in color with reddish heads. They are easily identified by their large forceps, located on the end of their abdomen.  You can tell males and females apart fairly easily by looking at their forceps as the forceps of females are almost straight while the males’ curve noticeably.  Adult earwigs may or may not have wings though they rarely fly when disturbed.

Where do earwigs get their name?

Earwigs are known to have gotten their name from old wives tales as they supposedly crawled into sleeping people’s ears to eat their brains, causing madness and/or death.  “There is no truth to this myth,” writes John Meyer, professor of entomology at North Carolina State University.  In fact, earwigs are omnivorous, meaning they can eat other insects as well as plants and fruit and are not harmful to people at all. The worse that can happen is that they may try to pinch you with their forceps IF you handle them.

Plentiful in the San Tan Valley area

Earwigs can be found in USA and are most common in the South and Southwest, like the San Tan Valley area.  Earwigs like damp areas such as under piles of leaves, mulch, compost, old wood, etc.  They usually enter structures by accident while they are seeking shelter, especially during dry weather or the early fall.  If you do find them indoors, it’s usually around sink areas.  Earwigs do not cause damage to household items, but are considered a nuisance pest.

How to get rid of earwigs

To eliminate earwigs as well as other insects, contact a local Mesa or Phoenix pest control company for General Pest Service.   An earwig treatment might involve the treating of baseboards, cracks and crevices with appropriate insecticides, though this will not prevent the insects from coming in your home.   You’ll need to seal cracks and crevices in the foundation of your home as well as openings in other structural places to keep these critters out.