• Color: Dark brown
  • Size: 1"
  • Legs: 6
  • Antennae: Yes
  • Shape: Long, narrow
  • Region: US

Earwigs get their name from an age-old European myth that they crawl into people’s ears and tunnel into their brains while they are sleeping. However, the pincers of an earwig can be terrifying!

Habits of Earwigs

Earwigs are a nocturnal insect species spending their days hiding and their nights feeding on their preferred diet of decaying vegetation, flowers, fruits, mold, and insects. Certain types of earwigs will feed on seedlings, which can impact crop and garden production.

When uncovered or startled earwigs will quickly move and run away. They live outdoors in large numbers, congregating under piles of lawn debris, mulch, or tree holes.

Infestations occur when earwigs are driven by an external circumstance like lack of food, or a significant change in the weather.

Prevention of Earwigs

If your home or building has become infested, then you should contact a pest professional to develop a treatment and prevention plan.

Like many other insects, the first step for prevention will be providing an exterior barrier for your home or structure. You should ensure that all external cracks are well sealed with a silicone-based caulk, steel wool, or a combination of both.  This includes the attic and foundation vents.

Schedule Your Earwig Prevention & Treatment

Certified Pest Solutions offers a free, no-obligation inspection for your home or commercial property. Fill out our free estimate form, or give us a call at 904.406.0946 to schedule an appointment.