Earwigs

What are Earwigs?

A small elongated insect with a pair of terminal appendages that resemble pincers. The females typically care for their eggs and young until they are grown

Quick Facts

  • With about 2,000 species in 12 families, they are one of the smaller insect orders.
  • Damage to foliage, flowers, and various crops is commonly blamed on earwigs, especially the common earwig.
  • Most earwigs are nocturnal and inhabit small crevices, living in small amounts of debris, in various forms such as bark and fallen logs.
  • They can usually be seen on household walls and ceilings.

Earwigs

  • Attracted to light
  • Some can fly
  • The popular Earwig story, where they crawl into a person's ears, is a false one. They do not crawl into people's ears.

 

 

 

Earwigs