Has anyone heard the myth that these insects crawl into people’s ears when they are sleeping therefore giving them their name, earwig? Thankfully this is just a myth. Earwigs are usually night-time bugs, hiding during the day in cracks, crevices or under debris. They feed on leaves, flowers, mold & other insects at night. These insects, although they have “pinchers”, do not bite but will try to if handled. The female European earwig is noted for her maternal care of her young. She will dig a shallow hole & pile her eggs together then stand guard outside of the hole. The mother will move the eggs frequently rolling & cleaning them in her mouth as she does. Even after they are born she will keep them in the nest until they have molted. One key to eliminating earwigs from around the outside of your home is to remove their habitat. This includes removal of debris at least three feet from the home, remove vegetation 18-24 inches from around the perimeter, trimming back limbs of trees touching the home & mowing & edging of the lawn. If you have an earwig infestation in your home call Ja-Roy Pest Control today!