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To be crying over earwigs

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bumblebee555 Fri 26-May-17 00:39:41

It's been a rubbish week, and a particularly bad day. DD has been irritable all day and I'm so tired, I finally get into bed and I've forgotten about the window being wide open (we live in v quiet rural area)

And now the bedroom has at least FOUR earwigs flying around on the ceiling that I can't reach to dispose of. I hate insects in the first place

Crying on the floor because I've nobody to help me sort them out and I just want to sleep. Feel ridiculous. AIBU- should I just then the light off and go to sleep? Shudder

AfunaMbatata Fri 26-May-17 00:43:16

If you just lay there asleep won't they crawl in your ear?!shock or does that not really happen?


PossibiliTea Fri 26-May-17 00:45:18

Grab your duvet shut them in the room and sleep elsewhere if you can. Just if you are too tired and don't want to deal with it for now short term solution!

SootyShearwater Fri 26-May-17 00:47:57

I understand where you're coming from because I am not at all fond of earwigs [shudders]. If it were me, I'd decamp to the sofa or somewhere else just for tonight and then deal with the blighters in the morning. I don't think they bite, and I don't think many of them fly (perhaps they're not actually earwigs?), so I don't think you're in any danger from them, and I'm certain they're no more likely to crawl into your ears than any other insects. My vote is definitely for the sofa just for tonight! Good luck, and I'm sure you'll be fine flowers

WeeCheekyBird Fri 26-May-17 00:48:32

...I didn't know earwigs could fly!

Learn something new every day...and it just made them even more horrible. shock

SootyShearwater Fri 26-May-17 00:49:01

Crosspost with PossibiliTea! grin

Ontheboardwalk Fri 26-May-17 00:49:24

WTF earwigs fly?? Really! I thought they just scuttled. Start a fire, lock the bedroom floor and go and sleep at a friends house

SootyShearwater Fri 26-May-17 00:50:29

OP might not have a lockable floor, Ontheboardwalk. Perhaps she could lock the door instead? [grins]

ThePlatypusAlwaysTriumphs Fri 26-May-17 00:54:46

Deal with the earwigs! Catch them and put them outside or, if you are harder than me, kill them(they're not endangered so no harm there either) them get some sleep. I regularly stuck moths out because I can't sleep with them in their room

ifonlyyouknew Fri 26-May-17 00:55:11

Definitely burn the house down! Earwigs can fly???? shock

Ontheboardwalk Fri 26-May-17 00:55:22

Sooty, no they could scuttle under the door and escape. I'm really actually concerned to learn they can fly. My greatest insect fear until now has always been the daddylong legs (crane) fly.

Ontheboardwalk Fri 26-May-17 00:58:47

I've found this on the internet so it must be true. OP get out of there!

'Many people wonder if earwigs will bite people. The pincers are used for defense and if picked up and agitated, the earwig will exercise the use of the forceps. These are not stings or bites, though, which are terms used for insects with stingers or biting mouthparts. Even in extreme cases of large forceps of adult males, the pinch can be painful but there is no venom and the pinch rarely breaks the skin.'

PossibiliTea Fri 26-May-17 01:00:27

Haha sooty great minds! Ooo lockable floors posh! smile

Pop a cushion or draft excluder so there's no gap under the door?

You ok Op? X

bumblebee555 Fri 26-May-17 01:02:31

I've managed to reach one, crushed it in loo roll

ARGH I'm shuddering even typing, the rest are too high up

Can't sleep elsewhere as our sofa is too small and we have wooden floors.

Ontheboardwalk Fri 26-May-17 01:04:08

Floors/doors, I'm thinking I need to get a panic room to protect myself from these terrifying beasts. OP are you ok?

PossibiliTea Fri 26-May-17 01:05:57

That's a good idea! I'd put citronella outside the doors and have one of those nets on double entrance you know like on tents?

...or maybe I should just have a panic tent...

PossibiliTea Fri 26-May-17 01:06:32

One down! That's good! Keep at it!

SootyShearwater Fri 26-May-17 01:07:06

I googled to find more information and a picture of one popped up. I can never unsee that now sad

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Fri 26-May-17 01:10:01

Earwigs can't fly. They don't even have wings!

<Googles to check>

Teabagtits Fri 26-May-17 01:12:29

I've had one in my mouth from an inhaler. Aside from a horrible rattle nothing happened. I Don't like them but they wont harm you.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Fri 26-May-17 01:12:41

Oh dear lord. They do have wings!

But not all fly and those that do rarely fly.

JungleInTheRumble Fri 26-May-17 01:13:22

Get the hoover out!

bumblebee555 Fri 26-May-17 01:15:58

Teabagtits I've just nearly had a heart attack reading that

I still feel guilty about the time I scarred DD for life after instinctively screaming at the top of my lungs as a huge spider ran across my duvet.

The house is going on right move tomorrow

PossibiliTea Fri 26-May-17 01:22:05

Hope you manage some sleep sad

Ontheboardwalk Fri 26-May-17 01:30:47

possibiliTea panic tents, what a fabulous idea. Get on Dragons Den with that one, you'll make a fortune

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