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Removing and Limiting Earwigs from Returning

Although the earwig's pincers are threatening looking, they pose no real danger to humans, and they do not pinch or bite. The forceps that protrude from their rear end are used as a weapon against other insects, holding prey, and mating. In the spring, the eggs of female earwigs hatch dramatically, increasing the chance that they will swarm your home or business. If you face a large earwig infestation, call the professionals who can help get them under control.

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Earwig Traits

Earwigs are about half an inch long with flat, elongated bodies. They are nocturnal omnivores, preying on a wide variety of insects and plants. Decaying matter such as rotting leaves and decomposed animals are their food of choice. Earwigs can be found underneath rocks, wet piles of leaves, logs, or outdoor furniture such as rugs and chair cushions. Non-social in nature, earwigs will sometimes congregate together in high densities, appearing as though they are colonizing. Earwigs dig a small nest in the ground to mate; females lay 20 to 80 eggs. Mothers are unique among non-social insects because they rear their young without any assistance from the father. Mothers demonstrate an instinct to protect their young, clean eggs, assist in hatching, and watch over their nymphs.

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Nuisance Earwigs

Besides making people uncomfortable by their mere presence in homes or businesses – it is debatable whether earwigs help or hinder crops. Earwigs are known to eat young plantlets, but they also eat aphids, mites, and other insects that feed on crops. If your home is located on marshy ground or near a pond or a lake or if you have mulch beds surrounding the foundation, earwigs will most likely infiltrate. Decaying organic material is an ideal food source for earwigs. They are notorious for being spotted in various dark and damp locations. Their flattened body allows them to squeeze through many sites, including outdoor furniture cushions, barbecue grills, mailboxes, underneath coffee pots or potted plants, and many other inconspicuous locations. Earwigs are generally attracted to warm, dark, moist places, which leads them to basements and other areas within buildings.

Treating Earwigs

Earwigs can get into the home by following any cracks, or voids in the foundation or they simply crawl in under doors. Once they are inside, they usually become relatively inactive due to the lack of available food, unless they can get into a potted plant or something with organic material. Pesticide treatments and habitat alterations are two tactics Creature Control implements to deter earwigs. A foundation pesticide application combined with spot treatments throughout the home interior can usually eliminate the presence of earwigs. Simultaneously, cleaning up and removing outdoor harborage areas, such as rotting logs and mulch beds, will help discourage earwig activity. Call Creature Control for an in-home inspection and recommendations to treat and limit any pest or bug invasions.

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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

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