So what are earwigs FOR? Anyone know?

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AliceSprings123 Sat 24-Jul-21 14:18:41

Now, I know spiders eat flies/mossies etc, but earwigs?
Was one on my soapdish this morning, running round and round the rim like he was in training for the Earwig Olympics.
So I screamed (as you do), removed the soap and tipped it into the lav. And flushed.
Can earwigs swim?shock

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ipswichwitch Sat 24-Jul-21 14:20:01

No idea. While we’re on, what are daddy long legs for? I mean, apart from getting in peoples faces and taunting my cat. Pointless flappy bastards.

GlutenFreeGingerCake Sat 24-Jul-21 14:23:53

There was one on dh toothbrush once maybe they are very clean pests?

AliceSprings123 Sat 24-Jul-21 14:27:26

you mean daddy long legs like crane flies? Answers in the name. They specially like taunting men (usually men cos they're man-hating flies really) up on cranes to make them fall off, crack their heads, and die.
Thort everyone knew that.

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ipswichwitch Sat 24-Jul-21 14:29:38

* you mean daddy long legs like crane flies? Answers in the name. They specially like taunting men (usually men cos they're man-hating flies really) up on cranes to make them fall off, crack their heads, and die.
Thort everyone knew that.*

Then they can bugger off out my house -there’s no cranes here

GlutenFreeGingerCake Sat 24-Jul-21 14:32:42

Just looked up earwigs apparently the name actually comes from the belief they will go in your ear, although this is a myth. Another interesting fact is that they are good mothers who guard their eggs and feed the baby earwigs once they hatch.

debwong Sat 24-Jul-21 14:33:54

What are we for?

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GordonsAlive85 Sat 24-Jul-21 14:34:07

I think their purpose is to hide in your washing when you put it out, they make my skin crawl

SupermanWithTheGreyHair Sat 24-Jul-21 14:35:31

Why not just put it outside? No, they don’t swim.

CandidaAlbicans2 Sat 24-Jul-21 15:04:46

As they eat dead plant and animal matter they are useful for the breakdown of those things and contribute to the overall health of the planet. They are harmless to humans, so please, if you find another one just carefully put it outside somewhere sheltered (they hide in small crevices, under stones, and in compost heaps), rather than kill it. They don't swim any better than a bee would swim, so it would've drowned having been flushed down your toilet.

AliceSprings123 Sat 24-Jul-21 15:09:52

SupermanWithTheGreyHair

Why not just put it outside? No, they don’t swim.

So you live on the top floor of a highrise, broken lift, and it's the w/end so no maintenance peeps on duty.
So, if they don't swim, do they fly?
Pleased to read that the females are good mums, tho.smile

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Bettyhatesavocados Sat 24-Jul-21 15:10:38

Agree with last two posters - why kill it? They're harmless and don't bite. You could have just scooped it up (on a tissue if need be) and put the poor thing outside. No need to drown it sad

DismantledKing Sat 24-Jul-21 15:11:51

That’s evolution for you; nothing has to exist for a reason. Things that adapt just continue to have babies and carry on the species..

Bettyhatesavocados Sat 24-Jul-21 15:12:44

In those circumstances, I'd just put it on the floor / carpet and let it be. It's not like it's gonna kill you, is it?

IBuyPestoAndThatsOK Sat 24-Jul-21 15:16:41

Yes, they fly - they have beautiful wings tucked under a wingcase.

NanTheWiser Sat 24-Jul-21 15:20:52

@AliceSprings123 yes they do fly! And have remarkable wings - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4NiF3w101Q

SupermanWithTheGreyHair Sat 24-Jul-21 15:47:52

So you live on the top floor of a highrise, broken lift, and it's the w/end so no maintenance peeps on duty.
So, if they don't swim, do they fly?

They can fly.

I presume you have a window, you could have let it crawl onto an outside wall if you had got in in a piece of tissue.

AliceSprings123 Sat 24-Jul-21 15:57:40

Thank you NanTheWiser for linking to that vid. Actually, they're remarkable and v. beautiful, aren't they?
#INowLoveEarwigs grin

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cakeseeker Sat 24-Jul-21 16:01:47

Can't believe you did that and then wrote about it online too. It was a tiny living creature which was doing you no harm.

I live in a top floor flat and put them out on a windowsill.

AliceSprings123 Sat 24-Jul-21 16:09:46

cakeseeker

Can't believe you did that and then wrote about it online too. It was a tiny living creature which was doing you no harm.

I live in a top floor flat and put them out on a windowsill.

Well, prepare to have your mind blown, yes, I did do that!
Now tho, after watching Nans vid, I'm a total earwig convert
#INowLoveEarwigs smile

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cakeseeker Sat 24-Jul-21 16:13:23

No, not mindblown, just a little upset OP.

DinosaurDiana Sat 24-Jul-21 16:15:36

They’ve always bothered me because, I was told as a child, that if they get into your ear they eat your brain. And that’s why they’re called earwigs !

DinosaurDiana Sat 24-Jul-21 16:16:51

Do flies have a purpose, other than to spread disease ?
Can we not put a genetic disease into the, so they all die or something ?

SupermanWithTheGreyHair Sat 24-Jul-21 16:19:29

Do flies have a purpose, other than to spread disease ?
Can we not put a genetic disease into the, so they all die or something ?

Google is your friend. They’re actually really important to the environment.

penguinwithasuitcase Sat 24-Jul-21 16:23:28

I haven't seen an earwig in about 20 years.

Are they still common? I had thought they were disappearing...!

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