EARWIG

Earwig1The name earwig comes from Old English; eare "ear" and wicga "insect". However; earwigs do not burrow into the brains of humans through the ear, nor lay their eggs there either. Nevertheless, being exploratory and omnivorous, earwigs probably would crawl into the human ear if given the chance.

Earwigs are elongated, flattened, and dark brown. Typically earwigs are 10–14 mm in length and thier pinchers are typically one-third as long as the rest of the body. They feed on other insects, plants, ripe fruit, and garbage. Plants they feed on include clover, dahlias, zinnias, butterfly bush, hollyhock, lettuce, strawberry, sunflowers, celery, peaches, plums, grapes, potatoes, roses, seedling beans and beets, and tender grass shoots and roots; they have also been known to eat corn silk, damaging the corn. Earwigs are drawn to damp conditions. During the summer, they can be found around sinks and in bathrooms. Earwigs tend to gather in shady cracks or openings. Picnic tables, compost and waste bins, patios, lawn furniture, window frames or anything with minute spaces (even artichoke blossoms) can potentially harbor these unwanted residents. Upon gaining entry to the basement and living areas of the home, earwigs can easily find cover in undisturbed magazine and newspaper piles, furniture/wickerwork, base boards, carpeted stairways, pet food dishes, and even inside DVD cases and keyboards.