Talk:Forficula auricularia

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Not totally harmless.....[edit]

I am at a cottage on Cape Cod where I stay every summer. Although earwigs are very common here, this season they are so much more plentiful than in any of my 15 previous years. (There have been heavy rains this season; perhaps that's the cause.) Everywhere I look, there are earwigs. Every time I pick or move something inside the cottage, day or night, earwigs scurry away. And now twice, something that has never happened to me before, has happened: I've been bitten (or pinched?) by them. They both left a flat, red spot about 1/4-3/16" in diameter that remained tender for about three days. It was more painful than a mosquito bite (also plentiful this season), so much so that I jumped involuntarily while saying Ouch! aloud. I don't know how the one ended up on my chest, but the other fell from the rafter overhead onto my arm, jaws gnashing. So, they are not as harmless as you imply. A section on controlling them would be helpful. Thank you for your time, Wordreader (talk) 03:41, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

My Great Grandmother was bitten by one as a child, after being told to hold it because, "They don't bite." Well, they do. She said it was very painful. She passed on many years ago, or I would get her to post a statement first hand. Whoever says they don't bite has not spent any time in close proximity to them. One thing that annoyed me about this wiki entry is the lack of info about their lifespans. Maybe I missed it, and if so someone please point it out to me, but I read the article twice and didn't see anything on life span. If it isn't listed could someone please do so? (talk) 21:59, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

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