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About a millennium ago people believed that Earwigs had a special liking for human ears. They believed the earwig would enter the ear of a sleeping person and bore into the brain. Incredibly, the notion still exists today. Many years ago, Rod Serling, the well-remembered screenwriter and host of such TV shows as The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery, produced a little bed time story for us to worry about called œCaterpillar. The show clearly provided a booster shot for the œbrain-eating earwig theorists.

The cold reality is that earwigs feed on mosses, lichens, algae, fungi, insects, ***image1***spiders and mites, both dead and alive. Some earwigs feed on aphids and others feed on living plants, becoming pests in greenhouses and on certain crops such as vegetables, fruits, ornamentals, forages and field plants. Happily, none feed on human brains.

Earwigs need moisture to survive. Downspouts, leaky water faucets and low spots around your foundation walls would be excellent places to find hiding earwigs. Eliminating damp, conditions in crawl spaces under houses and around air-conditioning units would probably be a pretty good move in helping to reduce their populations. You might want to consider changing your landscaping so water flows away from foundations. Gravel or ornamental stones can make an attractive barrier against earwigs and other pest invaders.

An application of a granular pesticide around the outside foundation walls will also provide some relief.

Do all the above and we will guarantee that earwigs will not crawl into your ears at night and bore into your brain. We challenge you to find another pest control company willing to make that promise.

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