September 12, 2022 by Marjorie R. Rogers, MA (English), Certified Consultant
If you have ever found an earwig in your home, chances are it was a baby. Baby earwigs are small, brown and segmented. They have pincers on their rear end and are often mistaken for cockroaches.
While they may look harmless, baby earwigs can cause damage to your plants and home. If you find them in your home, it is important to get rid of them as soon as possible.
As their name suggests, baby earwigs have a striking resemblance to human ears. These small, winged insects are black or dark brown in color and have long, slender bodies. They are often found in damp areas such as gardens or near puddles of water.
Baby earwigs typically feed on soft-bodied insects such as aphids and caterpillars.
Earwigs and Baby Earwigs
How Do Baby Earwigs Look?
Baby earwigs look very different from their adult counterparts. They are small, white and have no wings. Their bodies are elongated and they have long antennae.
Baby earwigs are born alive and typically crawl away from their mother within a few hours.
How Do I Get Rid of Baby Earwigs?
If you find baby earwigs in your home, don’t panic! There are a few simple steps you can take to get rid of them.
First, vacuum up any earwigs you see.
This will help to reduce the population and make it easier to spot and remove any remaining insects. Next, check for cracks or crevices where earwigs could be hiding. Fill these with caulk or another sealant to prevent them from getting inside.
Finally, set out traps baited with food or water. Earwigs will be attracted to these and will crawl in, but won’t be able to get back out again.
Where Do Earwigs Lay Their Eggs?
If you have ever seen an earwig, you know that these strange-looking insects are equipped with pincers at their rear end. These pincers, called cerci, are used for many things – including defense, sensory purposes, and to help the earwig lay its eggs.
Interestingly, female earwigs will often use their cerci to create a little nest in which to lay their eggs.
The female will deposit her eggs into the nest and then carefully seal it up with dirt and debris. Once the eggs are safely deposited, the female earwig will typically abandon them. The good news is that earwigs don’t lay very many eggs – usually only about 20 or so at a time.
So, while they may be creepy crawlers, they aren’t likely to take over your home!
Do Earwigs Mean Your House is Dirty?
No, earwigs do not mean your house is dirty. They are attracted to moist areas and can often be found near sources of water, such as in bathrooms or kitchens. However, they can also enter homes through cracks and crevices in the foundation or walls.
Once inside, they may hide in dark, damp places such as under sinks or in closets.
What Do Baby Earwigs Look Like?
Assuming you found a baby earwig, they are black or dark brown in color. They have pincers on their rear end that are used to grab prey and defend themselves.
Baby earwigs are wingless and have a short, segmented body. Their head is small with long antennae attached.
About Author (Marjorie R. Rogers)
The inspiring mum of 6 who dedicates her time to supporting others. While battling with her own demons she continues to be the voice for others unable to speak out. Mental illness almost destroyed her, yet here she is fighting back and teaching you all the things she has learned along the way. Get Started To Read …