Latin Name:Dermaptera

Size: 7–50 mm (0.28 – 2 in)

Life Expectancy: 1 to 2 years

Problems: Can damage plants


Behaviour, Diet and Habits:

Most earwigs are nocturnal and inhabit small crevices, living in small amounts of debris, in various forms such as bark and fallen logs. Food typically consist of a wide array of living and dead plant and animal matter.

Earwig Problems:

Earwigs are fairly abundant and are found in many areas. There is no evidence that they transmit diseases to humans or other animals. Their pincers are commonly believed to be dangerous, but in reality, even the curved pincers of males cause little or no harm to humans. It is a common myth that earwigs crawl into the human ear and lay eggs in the brain.


Minimizing Earwig Problems:

Many different insecticides are effective at reducing earwigs within your home.


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