Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Unwelcome Residents

European earwigs according to local legend are relatively recent residents of the Bella Coola Valley - one person telling me they showed up some time in the 1960's.  It would have only been a matter of time that they eventually hitched a ride to Bella Coola on some produce or feed, because they are widespread and we have a perfect climate for them.

Mostly I find them disgusting - accumulating under boards, getting into damp places and leaving droppings.  This time of year they seem to be everywhere, all the babies have matured and the population seems to be at a maximum.  Researching this posting though does give me hope that they might serve some purpose because apparently they eat a lot of aphids and other insects.  Grizzly

1 comment: