This is the third installment of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.
The earwig is one of the creepiest looking bugs on our list, but don’t let its name scare you too much.
The name “earwig” is thought to be over 1,000 years old and originated from the belief that the bug crawled into human ears according to the Oxford English Dictionary. And it’s not just English-language speakers who were afraid of this bug!
“Nations that have agreed politically on no other issues seem to share the unshakable conviction that earwigs are irresistibly drawn to ears. The French call them perce-oreille (ear-piercer); the Germans Ohrwurm (ear-worm), and the Russians ukhovertka (ear- turner); the same applies to Danish, Dutch, and Swedish”, The Earwig’s Tale by May Berenbaum.
Despite their name, however, earwigs are very, very unlikely to crawl in your ear.
In fact, they are unlikely to be in your house at all. They would much prefer to be living outside and feeding on other insects, flowers, fruit and decaying leaves.
If you do see an earwig in your Naples home, it has probably crawled through a small crack or crevice and is simply lost – hoping to find its way back outside.
The best way to prevent this from happening is to keep the areas on the outside of your house clean and free of piles of leaves, clippings and yard debris.
If you’re not sure that the bug you see is an earwig, check for a set of pinchers on one end of the body. That’s your biggest clue (and also the scariest looking part of the earwig). They are about an inch long and have a long, narrow body that is dark brown in color.
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