Earwigs in Atlanta
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An earwig is an unsightly insect that receives a false impression more often than not. Humans aren’t on the menu, but this doesn’t mean that they should be left to run rampant. Earwigs are mainly nightly insects and will remain concealed in secluded areas until nightfall. Porches or patios with bright lights can entice them to gather under outdoor seat cushions. Living in Atlanta, it is likely that you have seen them in and around your home. They are also common in the neighborhoods of Buford, Alpharetta, and Roswell. Earwigs release a yellowish-brown, foul-smelling liquid from their scent glands as a protective mechanism. This liquid isn’t necessarily harmful but can be irritating. They also have pinchers behind their abdomens, which they use to inflict a “bite” when threatened.

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