The scares will be abundant with Halloween around the corner, but this bug has been causing scares to homeowners throughout San Diego County the entire year. Although this insect possesses eerie-looking pinchers, the earwig is pretty harmless to the health of humans. However, the forceps on their tail, which springs forward like a scorpion when it feels threatened, will make your skin crawl.
Earwigs are commonly found in San Diego and will live under any large rocks or old pieces of wood. They generally live in large populations so expect many sightings of these creepy bugs, especially in humid, damp areas of your home like under your sink.
Earwigs lay dozens of eggs in the ground and will hatch in 8-10 days. This rate increases significantly during the spring and summer. It is easy for them to re-establish in your home after they have been removed, a regular pest control service can keep them away for good.
People do not experience bites from earwigs nor do they transmit diseases but with plants it’s another story. Earwigs can take your “lettuce head” off. These vegetarian-eaters feast on gardens and will put round, jagged holes in the leaves of plants. Extensive damage to flowers and seeds are the main problem with earwigs.
These bugs are nocturnal and can hide in spots where you might not notice them (tracks of sliding glass doors), so call Pro Pacific Pest Control to get a free inspection and provide a solution for you. Leave the scares this season to the trick-or-treaters.