Most people hear the word earwig and imagine a narrow little bug crawling into their ears and laying eggs in their heads. This is where the name comes from, however, you will be relieved to know this does not actually happen. Their forceps may seem harmful, but their stings are nothing more than a harmless pinch. They are not poisonous and seldom pose a threat to our safety. If by chance an earwig does sting you, immediately cleanse the area thoroughly with soap and water, and apply a strong disinfectant/antibacterial.
Where do earwigs live and what do they eat?
Earwigs live in moist environments and can be found by the hundreds in damp soils such as marshlands and swamplands. We can also catch them in gardens and lawns if damp enough. Since earwigs thrive in wet areas, you are likely to spot one of these insects after a heavy rain because of the wetness of the soil and the surplus of food. Earwigs eat insects (dead or alive) and vegetation —food sources that are plentiful in tree holes and gardens.
Why do earwigs come into our homes?
Earwigs will enter a house in search of food or during dry spells. Mostly active during night hours, this nocturnal insect is not likely to be seen during the day. You will most likely catch them in the bathroom, or anywhere in your home near a water source.