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You might have heard that they delve into people’s ears and lay eggs in their brains. Fortunately, this is just one of the many misconceptions and myths surrounding the earwig. It is how the creepy crawler got their name though. In France, the population refers to them as ear piercers. While they are commonly associated with human ears, they would rather eat your plants than your temporal lobe. These crawlers aren’t exactly vegetarian, as they do feed on smaller insects. This is likely one of the factors drawing them to your property. In simple terms, your brain is safe.
They Do Pinch
You can see there are a lot of myths surrounding the earwig. The biggest being related to the human ear. While this crawler is relatively harmless, it will pinch. They, however, are not venomous, and given that their pincers are located near the ends of their bodies, they can’t generate a tremendous amount of force. According to most researchers, the pinch is only a defense mechanism. This doesn’t mean you want to go around picking them up. Unless, of course, you intend to use gloves.
A Warmer Climate Means More
You’ve likely heard of Florida snowbirds. Well, the earwigs could almost fall into this category, as they can survive the winter weather, but it is the warmer climate these crawlers prefer. So do the young members of the species. The warm weather in June and the following months mean a higher survival rate for the eggs and younger members.
The Wings Are The Most Interesting Aspect
If you think the earwig has been interesting and unique so far, prepare to be amazed. It is the wings of the insect that are the most interesting. In fact, the crawler’s wings are a mysterious wonder that has been mystifying scientists from around the world. What’s so unique about the wings is they don’t have any muscle activation. Despite this, the wings can grow to be ten times to insect’s size. In addition to this, they fold back perfectly. This is something that cannot even be mimicked through paper. It has been tried at the University of Purdue with traditional origami.
Purveyor Of Fish Oil
You’ve likely heard about fish oil and how potent it can be. Many people take and eat fish oil every day for a variety of potential health benefits. Well, the earwig is a major purveyor of the substance as well. As a matter of fact, this is one of the best ways to lure and trap the pest. You can get a sardine can, pour in some fish oil, fill the rest with dirt, and the creepy crawler will hop right in and become trapped.
They Are Helpful To The Environment
Despite their intimidating appearance, the earwig is one of nature’s greatest resources. This is because they can feed on decaying material. This is something that can help with rotting plants. Combine this with their love for other insects, and the earwig makes the perfect garden deterrent. You can place them in your garden, and they’ll not only clean up the decaying plant material, but they’ll keep your garden clean and free of slugs, slug eggs, common aphids, and a whole slew of other unwanted garden pests.
While the earwig is easily one of the most misunderstood insects in the world and they are helpful, you don’t want them lurking in or around your property. They aren’t physically dangerous or threatening, but they can be a nuisance. In addition, some people are mentally intimidated by the bug. Given their threatening appearance, it is more than easy to understand how this is possible. Regardless, our professionals are here to help. Reach out to our local office to speak with a pro regarding your earwig problem. Maybe you just have a common question about the insect, give us a call. It’s what we are here for.