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EARWIGS

EarwigsThere are several different species of EARWIGS, but in the Northeast, we only have to deal with the European Earwig. The adult insects measure about 5/8 inch in length and are dark reddish brown in color with noticeable pinchers. Earwigs only come out at night and are attracted to lights. During the day, they nest under moist, shady places (rocks, wood piles, etc). They have been known to invade a home by the hundreds to thousands. Sometimes, they will even infest the areas underneath your roof shingles, causing nightmares for homeowners.

Unlike other insects “occasional invaders,” earwigs prefer to overwinter outside by burrow in pairs about an inch or two under the dirt, where females lay about 30-55 eggs. The female with then care for the nymphs over the winter. The development cycle for these nymphs, once hatched, is about 56 days, which makes these newly grown earwigs ripe and ready by springtime. Once spring comes, they emerge from their hibernation and begin to feed on live or dead plants/insects, which can occasionally cause extra headaches for homeowners who grow their own fruits or vegetables or keep ornamental plants near their home.

IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT EARWIGS NEAR YOUR HOME, remove all non-essential mulch, plant debris from around your home. Since earwigs like to rest in moist areas, a low-moisture zone around your home will help to keep them away. If earwigs have begun to infest your roof, hire a professional company to power-wash your roof to eliminate the earwigs. Then, have your roof water sealed to prevent further infestations. Don’t let earwigs keep you tossing and turning at night. Take the proper precautions so you can rest easy!

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