Slender, elongated and segmented body; wings and a pincer on the rear


Range of reddish browns and black


5 – 25 millimeters long


Warm, damp environments

Interesting Facts

There are over 20 species of earwigs in the United States

About the Earwig

Earwigs are menacing looking pests with multiple pairs of legs and a large pincer on their rear. They are also nocturnal, hunting for food at night. Attracted to the light, many people spot them on porches or patios when outdoor fixtures are used during the night. Earwigs make burrows to lay their eggs in, and mothers tend to their offspring until they can find food themselves. She can lay 30 – 50 eggs in one reproductive cycle. They eat mainly plants and other small insects.

Earwig Control

Earwigs are more of a nuisance than actual threat, although some species emit foul odors. Moving indoors when the weather gets cold is common for earwigs, so most people will notice them during cooler months. Keep your foundation clear of debris, leaves and stones to discourage their migration inside.


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