Earwig

Order: Dermaptera

Scientific Name: Forficula auricularia Linnaeus

Appearance: Long slender body, reddish brown in color, with pinchers at the rear and antennae at the front

Size: 1.2 in.

 

What is an Earwig?

There are 22 kinds of earwigs in the United States, but the European earwig is the most common species found in South Carolina. Earwigs are not typically destructive pests however, if their population in an area gets out of hand they are known to cause damage to plants. Earwigs feed on decaying organisms and other smaller insects and can often be found hiding under rocks, woodpiles, and leaves. 

Female earwigs mate in the spring and will lay between 30-50 eggs in each batch. They are very protective of their eggs and will guard, protect, and move their eggs if needed. Earwigs lifespan can last up to one year. 

Why do I have Earwigs?

Earwigs typically remain outside however, they may come indoors if their population gets out of hand. Like many pests, earwigs prefer cool, moist, and dark areas. If moisture control is lacking indoors or excessive outdoor debris is close by the home earwigs may find their way indoors.

How do I get rid of Earwigs?

Taking measures to prevent earwigs from entering your home is the best way to deter them. Ensure moisture levels remain low, and keep outdoor mulch and rock areas away from the home foundation.

When outdoor populations become sizable it is wise to partner with a professional pest control specialist who can treat around your home’s foundation to help deter earwigs from attempting to enter. Click Here for Details on our General Pest Control Plan

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