June’s Pest of the Month| Earwigs

 Earwigs, “Pincher Bug”

2901162091_e76c3ba782_zCommon Name: Earwig – European Earwig
Latin Name: Forficula auricularia
Common Family Name: Earwigs
Latin Family Name: DermapteraOther Names: Pincher bugsOrigin: Probably from Europe or Asia, but this species is now found throughout the world. It was first found in the U.S. around 1907 near Seattle, Washington.

Biology: One of about 7 species of pest earwigs in the U.S., the European Earwig is the most common. It has a simple life cycle, requiring 3 to 5 months to go from egg to adult, depending on temperatures. Adults generally live only about one year. Adults are capable of some flight. Earwigs feed primarily on plant material, but also are predators on many other insects.

Identification: Earwigs are most easily identified by the strong “pincers” at the hind end, as modifications of their cerci. These are used for defense, food capture, and some other uses. Wings on adults consist of the hind pair used for flight, and a very short front pair used as a cover for the folded hind wings. The European Earwig is distinguished from other U.S. species by having the second tarsal segment elongated under the first segment.earwig-mothers-parental-care_25412

Characteristics Important in Control: Reduction of exterior harborage sites is vital, such as lumber or firewood piles, yard debris, or other unnecessary piled materials on the soil. Control of moisture also reduces the favorable habitats for earwigs. Granular insect baits are accepted in exterior locations, and pyrethroid insecticide applications will intercept wandering earwigs along pathways and around foundations.

Source: http://pestweb.com/pests

Most Common Occasional Pest Invaders

Most occasional invaders enter structures because outside weather conditions become too hostile for their survival. Learn more some of the pests that fall into this unique category.


1.The Stink Bug

Brown marmorated stink bugs are named for the odor they emit as a defense against predators. Adult stink bugs enter homes in the late fall to seek shelter from the winter weather. Similar to boxelder bugs, they often congregate en masse on the sides of buildings.


earwig2.The Earwig

Earwigs get their name from the myth that they crawl into people’s ears when they are sleeping. Earwigs tend to gather in large numbers outdoors, where they are often found under piles of lawn debris, mulch or in tree holes. They can occasionally enter homes through small cracks or rips in window screens.


3.The Silverfishsilverfish

Silverfish hide during the day, often in tight cracks or crevices. They are known to infest paper products, such as wallpaper, book bindings and envelopes. They also eat linen, rayon and cotton fabrics.


pillbug4.The Pillbug

Pillbugs are often called “rollie-pollies” because they roll into a ball when disturbed. Similar to other occasional invaders, pillbugs live in moist locations and are usually found under damp objects outdoors such as trash, rocks, or decaying vegetation, where they remain hidden during the day to reduce water loss.


5.The Centipedecentipede

Centipedes are sometimes called “hundred-leggers” because of their many pairs of legs. They are typically found in areas of high moisture, such as bathrooms and basements. If handled roughly, some larger species can inflict a painful bite. However, most centipedes don’t pose health or property threats.


House Cricket6.The House Cricket

House crickets are known for their loud chirping which is caused by rubbing their front wings together to attract females. During warm weather, house crickets typically live outdoors and are especially fond of garbage dumps. They are also attracted to electric lights in larger numbers.


7. The Ladybugladybug

Ladybugs are also known as lady beetles or ladybird beetles. Most species of this beetle family are highly beneficial insects, but some enter homes in the autumn and can become a nuisance. Most ladybug species do not pose a health threat to humans; however, the multi-colored Asian lady beetle is known to aggravate asthma and cause allergic reactions in some people.

Reference: pestword.org