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Earwigs Facts & Information

How To Identify & Control Earwigs

Appearance

What Do They Look Like?

Forceps Earwigs are odd looking insects which have pincers or forceps protruding from the abdomen. These are somewhat intimidating looking but they are not poisonous, and they do not spread disease.

Size Depending on the species, adults range in size from 5-25 mm.

Wings They are slender insects with two pair of wings. Dermaptera means “skin wing” due to the leathery appearance of the wings. The hind wings typically fold under the front wings. Do earwigs fly?

How did Get Earwigs?

Earwigs move into homes to find food or because of a change in weather.They usually wind up indoors while seeking shelter or just happen to wander inside through open doors. Earwigs prefer cool, damp areas and may enter homes during extended dry periods.
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Earwigs Signs
Prevention Tips

Earwigs Signs

Homeowners often find them in areas where there is water – kitchens, bathrooms, and laundries. Earwigs can also find their way into bedrooms and family rooms. They turn up in almost every part of the house, but infestations are rare.

Prevention Tips

The most important part of controlling earwigs is eliminating their hiding places. If the earwig harborages are not addressed, insecticide application will probably not control earwigs very well. There are a variety of things that can be done.

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EARWIGS FACTS

  • They won't go near your ears. While their name may suggest otherwise, earwigs will not attempt to enter your ears and feed on your brain. .
  • They don't use their wings.
  • There are a variety of earwig species
  • They're omnivores.
     
     
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