Earwigs are a nearly harmless insect with a bad reputation. They get their name from an old European superstition that an earwig will crawl into your ear and burrow into your brain. The reputation has stuck with them even though earwigs aren't interested in us or our ears. They are just a nuisance!
Once inside the home they will only damage a few house plant species. They pose no health risk, but infestations are not pleasant.
Earwigs eat an omnivorous diet of aphids, mites, fleas, insect eggs, lettuce, potatoes, mosses and algae. Their food sources are primarily found outside the home, but they will occasionally wander inside, especially in low lying areas that have had a lot of rain. They are nocturnal and hide in cool dark and dark moist places.
Earwigs do not bite but if handled they may pinch you with their circi (pinchers) but will not break the sink. Their pinchers are used to catch prey and senses their environment.
The best way to prevent infestations is to keep the surrounding areas of the home dry and sunny. Keep all wood piles and debris away from the house. If you have mulched beds outside the perimeter of the house, keep these areas treated with a Bifenthrin or permethrin as a barrier to keep these pests out of your home. Also, sealing doors and windows will help disrupt their migration from outside to indoors. Treatment by a professional 1 or 2 times per year can eliminate these pests.
At Safari Pest Control we are the professional exterminators in and around Tampa, FL that you need to eliminate the problem. We specialize in keeping these creepy crawlers out of your home for good.