Earwig

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Dermaptera

How to Identify an 

Earwig

Earwigs are about 5 to 25 mm in length as adults. They are dark brown, black and yellowish in color. They have forceps protruding from their abdomen.


Where do they come from?

Earwigs prefer wet, cool, undisturbed areas. They can be a nuisance in the garden. Ground cover, moist soil, and food will create a thriving environment for an earwig.


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What do they look like?

Earwig on a green leaf
Earwig close up
Earwigs prefer moisture
Earwigs have forceps coming off their abdomen

Where do they live?

Earwigs can be controlled by eliminating their hiding spots. Remove clutter indoors and outdoors. Dry out moist soil and trim back trees and shrubs that create damp soil near buildings.

Name:

Dermaptera

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Diet:

Decaying vegetation and live sprouts

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