How did earwigs get their name?

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Have you ever wondered where earwigs got their distinctive name? Well, you can rest easy! These slender insects get their name from an old European myth that they crawl into the ears and tunnel into the brain to lay eggs while you sleep. Luckily for us, this old wives' tale is not true. But the claws on the back of the earwig's body are still enough to scare people.

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There are more than 20 different species of earwigs. in what is the United States, but they are most common in the southern and southwestern parts of the country. Earwigs are omnivores, meaning they feed on both plant and animal foods.. Tay, get into our homes through cracks and crevices and are attracted to damp, protected areas in the house. They can be found in highly condensing environments, such as an unventilated basement. They are also attracted to dirt and leaves, so an unfinished basement is the perfect environment for these pests!

Although encountering an earwig in your home can be a frightening encounter, you can rest easy knowing that it is not around your ears. You catch a few z!

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