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Earwig Facts

Order Dermaptera

CHARACTERISTICS

Size:

About 1 inch long.

Color:

Dark brown.


Earwig

This insect can be recognized by the forceps-like cerci extending from the rear of its abdomen. On males, the forceps can be quite large and ornate.

Behavior:

Earwigs are omnivores that will catch and eat other insects. Long-term relief from these insects is achieved by finding and treating the harborages outside from which the Home will be invaded.

Habitat:

The European earwig is common in the eastern United States west to Illinois and is found in Oregon and Washington. These insects live together often in large numbers in tree holes, in landscape mulch, under landscape timbers, and under objects lying on the ground. They will also harbor in the exterior cracks of buildings from which they may wander inside.

Tips for Control

If earwigs are invading your Home, long-term relief from these insects is achieved by finding and treating the harborages outside.

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