Dark brown; about 1 inch long, with forceps-like pincers extending from backside.


Earwigs live outdoors together in tree holes, under piles of lawn debris and mulch and under objects lying on the ground. They also live in exterior cracks of buildings, from which they may wander inside. While they look dangerous, they can’t hurt humans.


Omnivorous; earwigs feed at night on leaves, flowers, fruit, mold and other insects.


The key to controlling earwigs is to find and treat the places where they live. Treatment may involve removing debris, mulch and other objects from areas surrounding your home. Also a thorough investigation and treatment of cracks in your home’s exterior can aid in control.

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