Earwigs

This morning I moved a little wicker tray from the kitchen countertop and an earwig scuttled out. 

It moved quite fast and when I searched for it in order to persuade it to decamp outside it had disappeared,  goodness knows where.

There followed a frantic cleaning session in case we had an unwanted infestation but found nothing untoward. 

It probably came in with some of the fruit and vegetables brought up from the garden.

I am not keen on the little blighters so shall be keeping an eye out for the next few days. 

The episode prompted me to look up the reason why they are called earwigs as it seems a strange name.  It is apparently derived from an old English term for an ear beetle as its rear wings were supposed to resemble a human ear when folded.  Fancy that.

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  1. I don't see earwigs much these days, they used to be more prevalent in the damp areas of the farmhouse and buildings I grew up in. They feel like they belong with my past. I am not bothered by them though if I do see them.

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    1. I am just not keen on them crawling around in my kitchen. They remind me a little of cockroaches.

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  2. If I were you I would put cotton wool in my earholes tonight! Legend says that earwigs will sometimes nest inside the ears of sleeping humans - but whether or not there's truth in this claim I really cannot say. Sweet dreams JayCee!

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    1. That's OK. I usually do anyway to guard against P's snoring.

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    2. Co-incidentally, dropping an earwig into the mouth of a snoring gentleman often provides a permanent cure for that disturbing habit.

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    3. Hmmm. He wouldn't need any breakfast either.

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  3. I haven't seen an earwig in years, but that is the 2nd time I have heard them mentioned in as many days ! There was a " proper" spider in our bath this morning.....as opposed to the airy fairy ones that hang in the corners of the room. I can shift those with my spider catcher thingy, but it doesn't work for the scary big house spiders. Thank goodness for a husband who doesn't mind picking them up!

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    1. Oh no - spiders give me the willies. If P isn't around I have to try to suck them up with the hoover. Unless they are the size of small greyhounds then I just run away.

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