Types of Earwigs and Their Habitats

Earwigs are a type of insect found in many regions of the world, and they have a number of characteristics that make them interesting to study. They have a distinct appearance, live in a variety of habitats, and have an interesting life cycle and behaviour. Additionally, they have several distinguishing characteristics that make them easy to identify.

earwig on the leaf


Characteristics of Earwigs

Earwigs are a type of insect, and they vary in size from one species to the next. They typically have two long, curved antennae and two pairs of wings. Additionally, they have six legs and a pair of pincer-like appendages at the end of their abdomen. These pincers are used for defence and mating behaviours.


Appearance of Earwigs

Earwigs range in colour from dark brown to black, and some species have reddish or yellow markings. They typically have a glossy, shiny appearance, and they are typically between 1/2 and 2 inches in length.


Habitat of Earwigs

Earwigs are found in a variety of habitats, including gardens, forests, and wetlands. They can also be found in dark, damp places such as underneath rocks, logs, and leaf litter.


Morphology of Earwigs

Earwigs have a distinct morphology, which includes a head, thorax, and abdomen. Their head is small and has two large eyes, and their thorax is composed of three segments. Their abdomen is long and slender and terminates with two pincer-like appendages.


Life Cycle and Reproduction of Earwigs

Earwigs have a complex life cycle and reproductive behaviour. The female will lay her eggs in a nest, and the eggs will hatch into larvae. The larvae will then moult several times before becoming adults. The adult earwigs will then mate and the cycle will start again.


Behaviour of Earwigs

Earwigs are mainly active during the night, and they feed on a variety of plants and insects. They are also known to scavenge for food, and they are considered to be beneficial insects as they help to control pest populations.


Ecology of Earwigs

Earwigs play an important role in their ecosystem, as they help to control pest populations and recycle nutrients in the soil. They are also a food source for a variety of predators, such as birds, frogs, and lizards.


How to Get Rid of Earwigs in Your Home


Earwigs can be an annoying and unsightly pest to have in your home. They’re small, reddish-brown bugs that typically live outdoors, but sometimes wander into homes in search of food or shelter. Earwigs can cause damage to plants and contaminate food, and they can also bite if they feel threatened. If you have an earwig infestation, it’s important to take steps to get rid of them as soon as possible.


Identify the Problem


The first step in getting rid of earwigs is to identify the problem. It’s important to understand what earwigs are and how to spot an infestation.


What are Earwigs?


Earwigs are small, reddish-brown bugs with a pair of pincers on the end of their abdomen. They feed on small insects and plants, and can live up to two years. They’re usually found in moist, dark places such as under stones, in mulch, and in piles of leaves.


How to Spot an Earwig Infestation


An earwig infestation can be identified by the presence of the bugs themselves, as well as other signs such as damaged plants, holes in food packaging, and the presence of eggs or egg cases. Earwigs can also leave a musty smell in your home.


Preventative Measures


Once you’ve identified an earwig infestation, it’s important to take steps to prevent future infestations.


Seal up Cracks and Crevices


Earwigs can enter your home through small cracks and crevices in walls, windows, and doors, so it’s important to seal up any openings that could serve as entry points.

Remove Moisture Sources


Earwigs are attracted to moist areas, so it’s important to remove any sources of moisture in your home such as leaky pipes or damp basements.

Keep Outdoor Areas Clean


Earwigs tend to live in piles of leaves, mulch, and other moist, dark areas, so it’s important to keep outdoor areas clean by removing these potential hiding places.


Natural Remedies


There are a number of natural remedies that can be used to get rid of earwigs.

Use Diatomaceous Earth


Diatomaceous earth is a natural powder made from the fossilised remains of tiny aquatic organisms. It’s effective at killing earwigs and other insects, and it’s safe to use around pets and children.


Use a Vacuum Cleaner


A vacuum cleaner can be used to suck up earwigs and their eggs. Make sure to discard the vacuum bag afterwards.


Create a Trap with Petroleum Jelly


You can create a simple trap using petroleum jelly and a shallow container. Place the container near areas where earwigs are found, and the insects will be attracted to the petroleum jelly and get stuck.


Chemical Solutions


If natural remedies aren’t enough, you can use chemical solutions to get rid of earwigs.


Use Insecticides


Insecticides are chemical compounds that are designed to kill insects. There are a variety of insecticides available, so make sure to read the label carefully and follow the instructions.


Apply an Insect Growth Regulator


Insect growth regulators are chemicals that disrupt the reproductive cycle of insects, preventing them from reproducing. This can be an effective way to reduce the population of earwigs in your home.


Consider Fumigation


Fumigation is a process in which a chemical gas is released into an enclosed space in order to kill pests. This is usually a last resort and should only be done by a professional.


Professional Assistance


If you’re unable to get rid of the earwigs on your own, it’s important to contact a pest control professional. They will be able to identify the source of the infestation and recommend the best course of action.


Follow Their Instructions Carefully

Once you’ve contacted a pest control professional, it’s important to follow their instructions carefully. This will ensure that the infestation is treated properly and that the earwigs are eliminated.


Consider Ongoing Maintenance


In some cases, regular maintenance may be necessary to keep earwigs away. A pest control professional can advise you on the best way to maintain a pest-free environment in your home.


Getting rid of earwigs in your home can be a challenge, but with the right measures and professional help, it’s possible to eliminate them and keep them away for good.

Residential Pest Control

If you discover or suspect a pest infestation in your home, you need to deal with it as soon as you can. Leaving an infestation to grow and allowing pests to establish themselves in your home will only make the issue more difficult and expensive to deal with. 

Bon Accord will gladly take on any residential pest control job in London, no matter how large or small. Whether you have discovered pests making your home their home, or you’re preparing to move into a new property that already has some unwelcome occupants, our pest control professionals are ready to help.

Commercial Pest Control

With more than 13 million people living in the Greater London area, it’s no surprise that so many pests also call this city home. Many business owners operating in London have to contend with pests at some point in their existence, even those who are very particular about keeping their premises clean.

Whether it’s bed bugs or an infestation of ants, there are a million and one potential pest problems that businesses in London might have to contend with. Pest problems can be alarming to both companies and their customers. Fortunately, pest control companies like Bon Accord Commercial Pest Control are on hand to deal with any existing pest control issues you might have, as well as providing advice on how to prevent future outbreaks.

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