¼"-" (6-25 mm).


Dark brown to shiny jet black, with yellow-brown legs. Easily recognized by the pincers or forcep-like appendages at the end of the abdomen.

These insects live together outdoors in large numbers. Find shelter beneath stones, boards, and debris.

They are active at night, and some species are attracted in large numbers to lights. During day they usually find shelter beneath stones, boards, and debris.

Earwigs hide during the day and feeds on leaves, flowers, fruits, mold and insects at night. Favorite foods include armyworms, aphids, mites and scales. They also forage on food scraps or dead insects.

May damage plants outdoor. A nuisance; may enter homes, but does no damage indoors, but their menacing appearance can be alarming to a homeowner.

Earwigs Prevention Tips

  • Before attempting other types of control, be sure to remove all debris (boards, stones, paper, etc.) and use mortar or caulking compound to seal all cracks and crevices in the outside of the house. Since earwigs are attracted to light, it may be necessary to reduce lighting around doors, or to use non-attractive (yellow) bulbs.
  • Earwigs can be easily trapped and destroyed. Set out rolls of newspaper in shrubbery, mulch, tree crotches, and similar areas. Burn or destroy the rolls daily. Or, try using a box trap. To make the trap, use a pencil to punch holes in the sides of a cardboard box near the bottom. Bait the box with oatmeal or bran and set it out in an infested area.
  • A third alternative is to set out pieces of heavy burlap, canvas, or newspaper. Each morning, pick up the burlap and quickly spray with an appropriate outdoor insecticide.

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