Creepy earwigs, clipshears, whatever they are, I think they're trying to get into my ears!! – Hayley Matthews

We've been having a bit of an issue with clipshears. Some call them earwigs but I've googled and think they are different.

Are earwigs, or clipshears, trying to fulfil Hayley's aunt's nightmare? (Picture: Pavel Kirillov/St Petersburg via Wikimedia Commons)
Are earwigs, or clipshears, trying to fulfil Hayley's aunt's nightmare? (Picture: Pavel Kirillov/St Petersburg via Wikimedia Commons)

Nonetheless, they both look like scorpions with crab claws and are quite creepy-looking. You know the ones, they like to hang onto your washing and make you feel all itchy.

I've been taking advantage of the good weather doing my laundry and, despite a good shake of the line, these wee beasties are still everywhere. I've found two in a pillowcase, one in a drawer, one on the wall and one crawling up my son’s T-shirt.

My aunt always had a terrible fear of them. She’d scream about these beasties on her washing, saying she was scared they'd burrow into her ears! A horrible thought.

So, with this in mind, I was dry-boaking when our situation with these beasties hit a low.

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I found one hiding in a place that I have absolutely no idea how it got into: the cotton-bud jar. Yes, those things you actually put in your ears! The irony.

Either they have magical strength and are able to lift a lid 100 times their size or those wee crab claws have cut a beastie doorway.

As I tried to get it out, it ran to the bottom of the jar, hiding between the cotton buds.

And you'll never believe what I did the other night when I came out the shower? Cleaned my ears with a cotton bud!

I'm just hoping its friend wasn't in there. Sorry, what was that you said? Thought you said something, must just be a ringing in my ear...