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NJ Earwigs Explained

Pest control experts in Ocean County, NJ receive many calls about the abundance of earwigs found in NJ.  These opposing looking insects mostly exist outdoors, but will not hesitate to invade indoor structures if the outdoor conditions are not hospitable.

There are over 1500 different species of earwigs that have been identified.  Most species have wings, but many do not fly.  Of those that do fly, you will usually only find them airborne in short bursts as they are not very agile.

Earwigs look like a formidable pest as they have forceps (pinchers).  The pinchers are mainly used for defense against other insects.  They will also lift them up and use them if they are picked up or agitated.   There is no stinger or venom associated with an earwig.  The pinch of the forceps can be painful, but it rarely breaks the skin, even when pinched by a very large earwig.

Earwigs prefer to live outdoors as their main food source is live or decaying vegetation.  They live under mulch, under stones, under landscape timbers, and in decaying vegetation.  Unlike termites, ants, bees, and wasps, there is not queen, workers, or a colony of earwigs that exist.  Earwigs are solitary creatures.

Even though earwigs do not hurt people, they can be annoying when their population numbers are high, especially if they enter your home.  Earwigs are also known to cause damage to healthy plants that become part of their dinner menu.

A pest control professional in Ocean County, NJ will be able to help control earwigs around your home.  Our website contains a list of insects that cause trouble for home and business owners.  Stop by to see if you recognize any creeping around.

Earwigs…What A Weird Creature

Earwigs are medium sized insects compared to some other types of creatures.  They have dark elongated bodies and are super-fast runners.  They have strange looking pinchers off of their rear end, which they will cock up when they feel threatened or afraid report pest control experts in Ocean County, NJ.  The pinchers look menacing, but in actuality they are completely harmless.  Some earwigs have small and simple wings, some do not.  The wings serve no purpose as they are small and underdeveloped.  Earwigs are garden scavengers which are most active at night. They sometimes enter homes as they are attracted by bright lights.

The earwig name comes from an old myth that these strange looking insects would climb into people’s ears where they would supposedly lay their eggs.  Some people even believed that they would tunnel deep into people’s brains!  It has been reported in recent years that earwigs have been found to indeed climb into the ears of humans.  Scientists believe that they have done this as a means of escaping cold weather when they cannot reach their normal nesting grounds that are six feet underground when it is cold.

One of the strangest facts about the male earwig is that it has two penises, both of which are larger than the insect’s entire body.  For some evolutionary reason, this insect is blessed with two of these organs, but it should be noted, that their penis does at times tend to snap off during the mating ritual.

Stop by our website and click on our “Visit Our Blog” link where you will learn interesting information about a wide variety of pests that Allison Pest Control can help homes and businesses keep out of their structure and the surrounding area.

Scientists Believe Global Warning Has Brought An Increase In Plant Eating Insects

The summer of 2011 brought about numerous complaints by New Jersey residents to many pest control companies throughout New Jersey about an increase of insects eating more than their normal share of a variety of outdoor plants.  Notwithstanding the voracious appetite of the pesky stink bugs that have taken over the eastern seaboard in recent years, and have damaged farmer’s crops and homeowners gardens, many residents have noticed an increase of other plant-eating insects in their gardens.  Many home gardens that were normally bursting with fruits and vegetables were hit hard by unwelcome invaders this past year report NJ pest control professionals.

Through extensive research, it is the belief of some scientists that the continuing warming of the earth is contributing to the increase in plant-eating insects.  Researchers do not believe that the plants have become tastier to insects, but they do believe that insects have a greater appetite and have become more destructive in recent years.  Planetsave reported back on February 11, 2008 that scientists from Pennsylvania State University and the Smithsonian Institution believe that “when temperature increases, the diversity of insect feeding damage on plant species also increases.”  Additionally, the study’s lead author and researcher said “our study convincingly shows that there is a link between temperature and insect feeding on leaves.” You may read the article here.

Keeping the interior and exterior of your home free from all types of unwelcome pests is easy when you hire a New Jersey pest control expert.  Allison Pest Control will be able to blanket your property with a barrier pest control treatment to keep unwanted pests out so that your gardens will grow as expected.  We provide fast and professional service to residences and businesses in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey.  Call us today for a free estimate and pest evaluation.

NJ Pest Control Experts Welcome Spring…And Insects!

Humans are not the only creatures that are anxious to say good-bye to the frosty temperatures and snow covered grounds of New Jersey.  The cold winter weather is great for keeping unwanted pests away…at least that is what Mother Nature would like us to think!  NJ pest control experts report that some insects die off with the onset of winter, some go deep underground where they can escape the harsh New Jersey temperatures, and some pests seek shelter inside NJ homes, waiting for the first sign of spring to make a run back outdoors.

Warmer springtime weather is the trigger for the swift reproduction of many insect species throughout New Jersey.  NJ pest control experts warn residents to be on the look-out for the Eastern Subterranean Termite. Once termite colonies have reached full capacity, termite swarmers will venture to the surface from their underground nests to pair off and form new satellite colonies.  NJ residents may notice pools of swarming termites in grassy areas, alongside pavement or near the building foundation during the months of March through May.  Swarming termites are a sign of a serious termite infestation which requires the expert services of a New Jersey pest control professional.

NJ pest control experts say that other insects will also become troublesome for NJ residents as the springtime weather arrives.  Look for an increase in stink bugs, cockroaches, houseflies, bed bugs, wasps, bees, fleas, ticks, earwigs, crickets, lady bugs, spiders, mosquitos, and ants (all types).

Allison Pest Control is ready to meet your pest control needs head on.  Each of our technicians is certified by the State of New Jersey and has current applicator license.  For expert NJ pest control services in Monmouth County, Ocean County, are parts of Middlesex County, contact Allison Pest Control.

Are You Having Trouble With Earwigs In New Jersey?

Coming across an earwig infestation can be unsetting for any New Jersey resident.  Their scary looking prongs at the end of their abdomen are enough to send anyone running for the hills.  The name “earwigs” is basically derived from an old wives tale.  It was once said that earwigs would crawl into your ears while you were sleeping and eat your brain! They were definitely a feared household pest in years past.  Now we know that earwigs don’t actually eat human brains.  Earwigs however can bite humans, and their bite can be a bit painful.  They do not exude any poison, though the earwig’s jaws (forceps) are very strong and the pinch will make you jump if you are unfortunate enough to be bitten by one of these pests.

Earwigs are attracted to the moist areas around New Jersey homes and businesses.  These insects will grow to about 5/8 inch long and are dark reddish-brown with light brown legs.  Earwigs are scavengers and will eat decomposing plant materials and dead insects.  They will also eat live plants and can easily damage field crops and garden plants.  You will find earwig infestations in mulch, leaf litter, pine straw and other moist outdoor areas.  These pests will enter homes and businesses by crawling up exterior walls and entering through window cracks, foundation crevices, or gaps in doorways.  Earwigs tend to live in the same type of habitat as other types of nuisance pests.  Look for earwigs if you also have sow bugs, millipedes, and centipedes too.

Earwigs prefer to establish their colonies outdoors, but will come inside your home on occasion.  The key to keeping earwig infestations under control is disrupting their migration by hiring a pest control specialist like Allison Pest Control.  We have been providing expert pest control services to homes and businesses in Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey since 1917.  Give us a call today for all of your pest control needs.