Before discussing the interesting details about earwigs, let first define what these creatures are. Earwigs, which are also called as Order Dermaptera, are small sized bugs or insects that can grow up to one and half inches long. An earwig has six legs, an antenna, forceps and claws. Because of their physical features, earwigs are considered as fast crawlers. The name earwig was derived from the belief that these bugs can creep inside our ears and enter our brain thus causing severe damage. This however, is not yet supported by any solid proofs or data. So what are some of the interesting earwig facts?
Despite being classified as a human attacker, an earwig only enters the house in search for food. However, spotting an earwig is very difficult since these insects only come out when it is dark. Most earwigs would like to live on moist environment like wet soil or in open lawns or gardens. They however invade the house through the use of cracks and small holes in the walls. Aside from these, earwigs also travel in packs. Most of their groups are found near swampy and wet areas. This is the reason why earwigs are commonly located during rainy season or weathers. In addition to these, earwigs only rely on plants, organic materials and smaller insects as their main food. This is the reason why gardens and lawns are the perfect place for these insects to live.
These insects are also called as earwig bugs in other countries. In fact there are about 2000 species of earwigs all over the world and 22 of these are found in the United States. Some of these bugs do have wings and are capable of flying, while others are not. Their covering is also very smooth and shiny which helps then blend with the surroundings most especially the soil. Plant-eating earwigs are usually brown in color, while those that attack smaller insect and feeds on small particles of meat are usually bright and attractive in color. Most of them burry themselves six to seven feet under the ground especially during the winter seasons in order to survive the weather. A female earwig can also lay up to 50 eggs in one delivery. Most of the earwigs are harmless since they do not possess any type of poison. However, they instead sting in order to show their defense.
These insects may be considered harmless; however, once these bugs invade our homes, they could already cause us great problem. Most of these bugs are very hard to get rid of, which is why it is very important to always make sure the small cracks and crevices found in our walls are covered completely. It is also important to maintain regular cleaning of the house to prevent dirt and organic materials from attracting these insects. If none of these steps are effective, then we can always seek the help and adv ice of an insect controller.
These are just some of the interesting facts about the earwig bugs. Now we already know that these bugs do not invade the ears, but rather they invade our homes.