earwig control

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by galaxyflyer1, May 12, 2010.

  1. galaxyflyer1

    galaxyflyer1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all,

    I have been noticing earwigs hiding between the coop doors during the day. They fall off when I open things and the chickens love it. But tonight I decided to pay the coop a visit and was shocked to see earwigs everywhere. On the roof, walls and some inside.

    I'm not sure if the earwigs get to the roost bar or not. If so, could they harm the chickens at night?

    Are there any non-poison methods to get rid of them?

    Thanks for your help,
    Bob
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    They are completely harmless and may in fact be a late night snack for your chickens. They look nasty, but don't worry about them.
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    LOL. We call them pincher bugs here. They look mean,but are harmless like CMV said.
     
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Oh sure, sure tell them they are harmless!

    But you just let one of them things fall down the back of the neck of a girl you're showing your birds to and then see what happens!
     
  5. xyresicchick

    xyresicchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HAHA, alan. its true...

    when i was a little girl, i was TERRIFIED of earwigs...

    i still don't like them....

    even if they're "harmless"... lol
     
  6. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They supossivley crawl into the ear of a human, eat through the ear drum and into the brain. Hence the name earwig! My mom swore it happened to her but she's philipino...so they believe a lot of things. [​IMG]

    Oh, and their harmless other than the fact that they can pinch hard.
     
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    When I first saw them, I thought their pinchers were long stingers...YIKES!!! Til a friend of mine told me what they were and explained they wernt stingers lolol.
     
  8. SunnyChic

    SunnyChic Keep The Sunny Side Up

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    A.T. Hagan :

    Oh sure, sure tell them they are harmless!

    But you just let one of them things fall down the back of the neck of a girl you're showing your birds to and then see what happens!

    [​IMG] ...oh my, I can just picture that!​
     
  9. galaxyflyer1

    galaxyflyer1 Out Of The Brooder

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    OK, so I gather that there is absolutely no need to worry about the amount of earwigs that I see cover my coop inside and out during the night. Right?
     
  10. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Noop, no reason to worry. They'll become snacks for chickens. They like dark places, chickens can't see in the dark, but come daylight, they're nummies!
     

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