Earwig Control and Recommendations
Removing earwig habitats is very important to the control of all insects, including earwigs.

Earwigs can easily be recognized by their pincers at the end of their abdomen. Their pinchers are harmless to humans and although it is a myth that earwigs do bite, do may pinch with their pincers if they are aggressively handled. Earwigs are dark reddish-brown, with light brown legs, and they are about 5/8″ long. Earwigs will lay their eggs under the soil about 2-3″. Earwigs need moisture to survive. Earwigs are mostly active at night and they eat dead insects and decomposing plant materials. They are also attracted to light. If earwigs appear in the house, it is safe to say that they came from the outdoors through an entry points (i.e. doors, crack and crevice, window sills, drains, utility pipes and windows).

During the day, earwigs can be found under organic matter (i.e. mulch, pine straw, leaf litter). They prefer dark and damp areas such as under sidewalks, and stones. They can come into homes through entry points like doors and windows, or they even go up the foundation.

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