Earwig Identification

With over 2,000 different species of earwig, these insects are known for their fearsome appearance. Flat bodied and black to dark brown, earwigs can be identified by the forceps-like pincers on their abdomen.

Pest Description

Earwig Habits

Earwigs prefer living outdoors under rocks and logs, but will also nest under other objects. They will also crawl into small objects or through cracks in order to escape a predator. They prefer cool and damp places, and will also congregate on porches at night.

Earwigs have been subject to myth for hundreds of years. People often fear that they will crawl into ears or bite humans, but it’s simply not true.

Earwigs will, however, destroy roots of plants if prey is scarce.

Earwig Identification

Earwigs are small, typically ⅓-1 ⅓”. Colors can range from black to brown, with yellow, red, and orange accents.

The pincers on the abdomen can range in size and curve, but typically looks like calipers or forceps, curving inward.

Preventing and Eliminating Earwigs

The primary concern regarding earwigs is damage to plants and crops. Earwig infestations can cause damage to gardens, orchards, and farms. If preventative measures aren’t put in place, infestations can become overwhelming.

The best way to prevent an earwig infestation is to take care of your yard and home. Here are some basic ways to prevent earwigs:

  • Routine mowing
  • Watering without overwatering
  • Regular weeding
  • Trimming of plants and shrubs
  • Sealing foundation cracks
  • Sealing cracks around windows and doors
  • Removing any man-made objects or logs from yard

The best way to eliminate and prevent future problems with earwigs is with professional help. At Antworks, our experts resolve earwig infestations using a variety of different treatment techniques, including surveillance, eradication, and baiting applications.