What is an earwig?

March 31, 2016 | Posted in Insects | By

What is an EarwigAn earwig is a small, cockroach looking, insect that has a pair of forceps pinchers on their abdomen, and membranous wings folded underneath short forewings that they do not use often. Earwigs are mostly nocturnal and often hide in small, moist crevices during the day, and are active at night, feeding on a wide variety of insects and plants. Some damage to foliage, flowers and various crops can be blamed on earwigs. Mainly their presence in a home is disturbing. Earwigs are commonly attracted to light and can become a nuisance on porches and patios during the summer. When the weather tends to get colder they will move inside houses to search for food and warmth. If earwigs move into a home they are commonly found in places that have moisture, for example, bathrooms, kitchens, and/or laundry rooms.

The common name “earwig” comes from the old superstition that the insect enters people’s ears and ultimately feeds there. The superstition has not been proven to be completely true but some incidents of an earwig getting into someone’s ear have been recorded. Another superstition of an earwig is that their bite is like one of a mosquito or that they can sting like a bee. This has also been proven to be untrue. Although it has been proven that if an earwig feels as if they are in harm or have been irritated they will latch on with their forceps leaving somewhat of a pinch that could be painful.

Most humans that have an encounter with an earwig usually do not say it was pleasant. They are small, slimy-looking, fast moving and seem to pop out of dark places when you least expect it. It is important that if you notice an earwig infestation in your home that you contact a professional. An earwig female can lay over 50 eggs and usually guards her young until they are an adult making the population grow fast. If you have any questions or suspect that you have an earwig problem in your home call Western Exterminating at 817-834-3121 to set an appointment for a free estimate and evaluation.

Varied Carpet Beetles

March 26, 2015 | Posted in Insects | By

The multicolored Varied Carpet Beetles are tiny indoor anomalies that are often seen on furniture, curtains and carpet. This beetle in larval form (baby to young adult) is commonly found in houses while adults are usually found outside feeding off of pollen. Although they have been known to do little harm they are still seen as a nuisance to home owners and during the summer it is impossible to eradicate them completely from the home.
While adults are pollen grazers, larvae feed on natural fibers and can damage carpets, furniture, clothing and insect collections. Adult beetles usually lay their eggs in air ducts, in closets, under furniture, and under baseboards. Once hatched and until they are fully grown, the larvae hide in dark, undisturbed areas and feed on organic material. The larvae are thus responsible for the damage of items such as furniture, clothing, blankets, furs, and carpet.
Infestations can be prevented by regular vacuum cleaning, dry cleaning or airing clothing outside, and removing abandoned bird and insect nests attached to the building. Another sign would be irritated itchy welts from the sheded hairs of a larvae, these are commonly confused with bedbug bites. Varied Carpet Beetles are known to be very hard to get rid of so if you have any signs of an infestation call Western Exterminator at 817-834-3121 and sign up for your free consultation and evaluation today.

Varied Carpet Beetles