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Earwig

Appearance
They have forceps-like cerci extending from the rear of their abdomen (look like pinchers).

Color
Dark brown in color

Size
Approximately 1-inch long.

Habitat
Around homes they hide in garden plants, shrubbery, fences, woodpiles, base of trees, and behind loose boards.

Interesting Facts
The European earwig is the most common type in the United States.

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Pest Database : Earwigs

What does an earwig like?

Earwigs are relatively easy to identify by the prominent pincers or forceps on the end of the abdomen. These pincers are used as both offensive and defensive weapons. Though they may try to pinch if captured and handled, they do not harm people. They have chewing mouthparts and long, slender antennae and are either winged or wingless. The common earwig is about 5/8 inch long and dark brown with a reddish head and pale yellow-brown legs.

How did the earwig invade my home/business?

Earwigs are primarily scavengers. They feed on dead plant and animal material, greenery such as flowers, and garden plants. They are active primarily at night and may be attracted to light. They are commonly found entering buildings and households in summer and fall. They enter dwellings either by accident or when seeking shelter. The probability will increase if you have mulched areas near entrances and have an attached wooden deck.

How can I tell if I have earwigs?

Earwigs rarely fly and are unable to crawl long distances, but often hitchhike in laundry baskets, cut flowers, luggage, newspapers, lumber, baskets of fruits and vegetables, automobiles, etc. They prefer moisture and may migrate indoors during periods of prolonged heat and drought.

They are active at night and are often found around lights. During the day, they hide in moist, shady places beneath stones, boards, sidewalks and debris. They are rapid runners and feed on other insects and decaying matter.

Can earwigs harm my family or employees?

Although earwigs have creepy looking pincers, they're not dangerous. The pinch of a earwig is mild to a human, but can be deadly to their prey -- centipedes, millipedes and cockroaches. They also use their pinchers to defend themselves if they feel threatened. Also, earwigs are not known to carry diseases.

How did earwigs get their name?

Some people think that Earwigs got their name from the old legend that earwigs would crawl in your ears while you slept and would bore into your brain to lay their eggs. Well, fortunately, that story is a myth.

Can earwigs cause damage to my property?

Earwig populations, if left untreated, can become very large, but they will not cause damage to property. In your garden, however, they may cause damage to flowers, vegetables, fruits, and other plants, causing the leaves to have a ragged appearance with small, irregular holes.

How does Batzner get rid of earwigs?

For best control indoors, a Batzner service professional must first control earwigs outdoors. Indoor treatments should supplement outdoor treatments since earwigs do not become established indoors. During dry, hot weather, earwigs sometimes migrate indoors. They are easily controlled by a treatment in cracks and crevices, along baseboards, beneath cabinets, along door and window sills and other hiding places during the day.

What steps can I take to control or prevent earwigs myself?

  • Use special yellow outdoor lights (less attractive to insects).
  • Remove debris and piles of leaves/grass clippings from around the building.
  • Position rain gutters and spouts away from the building foundation.
  • Eliminate damp, moist conditions around foundations.
  • Use caulking compound, putty and weather stripping around doors, windows, and pipes.
  • Establish a zone of bare soil that will dry out next to structure.