I’ve been bitten by more than my share of earwigs during my time in California. And while I don’t have all of the earwigs I’ve seen in my life, I have seen enough to know that they don’t like the warmth of the sun.
Earwigs are not only a problem in California. They are a problem across the nation. A study at the University of Washington found that the number of earwigs in the general population in Oregon and Washington doubled between 1997 and 2001. This is the cause of several of the earwigs you likely know.
One of the reasons earwigs seem to thrive in California is because earwigs thrive on warm, warm weather. When they get too cold they turn into red molds that can destroy homes and other buildings. Most earwigs will only stick around for a short time, but some will stay for months. If you live in a warm climate, earwigs are best kept away from your house and out of the way.
In California, earwigs have been known to live in homes, and in Washington they have been known to live in homes with dogs. We found one earwig in a house that had a cat in it, and in Oregon, we found earwigs living in homes with cats. So while earwigs are usually just a nuisance in California and Washington, we’re actually seeing a lot more of them now that warmer weather is here.
In California, earwigs are a nuisance, but in the U.S. there are plenty of earwigs in homes that keep us from taking an interest in them. In a couple of cases, they’ve even been known to eat pets. We saw one earwig eating a cat. It wasn’t a particularly vicious attack, but it was enough to give us pause.
Some earwigs can be aggressive, but most are just nuisance pests. The ones who are aggressive often don’t kill their own pets, but they can also cause damage that can be pretty nasty. For example, one earwig bit a kitten and almost killed it. We found another earwig in a home with a cat that had been attacked by a dog. It was also pretty nasty, but it was not as aggressive as the one that bit the cat.
In the future, we will be able to find earwigs in any room we bring our pets into. This is going to be a big issue in our home though. We will bring our pets into any room we want to, but we will need to be aware of this potential issue.
Our pets live in our home, and like any living creatures, they have their own little “ears.” So when we see earwigs in a room, we will be alert to this and take action. To see if a room has an earwig problem, turn on your room’s Light switch and find a light that is on and the light in the room is off.
This is no doubt going to be a huge issue in our house but we will do our best to keep earwigs at bay. If you hear a piercing sound or feel a tickle in your hair then take steps to get rid of those pesky earwigs.
Our home is full of earwigs. A friend of mine bought some earwigs and when we were getting ready to move his new place the earwigs came flying out of the ceiling. We also have spiders. The earwig problem is a huge one but we’ll do our best to keep them out.