Do Earwigs Bite or Pinch in Healdsburg, CA? Signs of Earwig Infestations & Control Tips

When you hear the word earwig, it almost instantly makes you want to cover your ears. The fear of one of them burrowing inside your ear is real! Even though many people believe this and fear earwigs, they don’t actually seek out ears to burrow in. Their behavior is quite different than the reputation that follow them around. Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay is here to talk share some facts about earwigs and how to control them.

Do Earwigs Bite?

Earwigs have a long body with some pretty intimidating pincers on the back of their abdomen. They range in color from light brown to a dark brown/red. These intimidating pincers found on their bodies are to help them catch prey and protect them from other predators. So, to answer the question, “do earwigs bite?” no, they pinch. If they feel threatened by you, they will pinch you. The pinch might be painful because those sharp pincers may break the skin, but you don’t have to worry about any venom being released. Aside from some pain, you don’t have to worry that you are in danger after a pinch from an earwig.

Signs of an Earwig Pinch

1. Two distinct red marks on the skin where the pincers may have broken the skin.
2. There may be a small amount of inflammation surrounding the two marks on your skin.
3. If not taken care of, it could start to blister and get infected.
4. In rare cases, the infection could turn into cellulitis, causing redness, swelling and fever.
For the most part, a pinch from an earwig isn’t a cause for concern and can be treated by an over the counter antibiotic ointment.

Earwig Behavior

Earwigs are nocturnal pests and so they are only really active at night. During the day, you will find them hiding under rocks and in the mulch found in your flowerbed. They prefer to be left alone. During the summer months, you might notice them scatter when you turn on the porch light at night when you have an earwig infestation, because they are attracted to the light. Earwigs become a problem when they move indoors as the weather starts to cool off or they are looking for a water source.

Earwig Prevention

When trying to keep earwigs out of your home, you need to be sure you are not supplying them with a water source. If you have any leaking pipes or other standing water anywhere, it needs to be taken care of to avoid earwigs. You should also keep firewood stacks away from your home as well as any decorative rocks or logs. Earwigs will most likely take cover under these, and when they are near or touching the foundation of your home they can gain access.

Earwig Control

Even though your ears are safe from earwigs, they aren’t a pest you want running around your home. It is difficult to get rid of this pest on your own due to their nocturnal behavior. Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay has the tools and resources needed to get rid of any earwig infestation you may have. Call us today!


Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay Inc.
4685 Scotts Valley Rd.
Lakeport, CA 95453
(800) 760-3028

Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay Inc.
1120 Industrial Ave
#18 Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 795-6345


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