MEASURES TO CONTROL EARWIGS

  • Remove unessential mulch, plant debris and objects (stone, boards) from around structures
  • Establish a low-moisture zone which disagrees with earwigs
  • We treat the foundation and perimeter 

CHARACTERISTICS OF EARWIGS

  • Nocturnal, hide during the day in moist, shady places such as under stones, logs, mulch
  • Eggs and nymphs can't withstand long periods of dryness
  • Feed on dead plants and/or insects
  • Attracted to lights
  • Typically overwinter outdoors
  • Nymph development averages 56 days
  • Gregarious, typically occurring in groups
 

ABOUT EARWIGS

  • The name comes from an old European superstition that these insects enter the ears of sleeping people and bore into the brain (it is without foundation)
  • The forceps are used as offensive and defensive weapons
  • They are found worldwide
  • Adults are 1/4 - 1" long 
  • Body elongated and flattened
  • Color - from pale brown with dark markings to reddish brown to black, with paler wings
  • Front wings short and leathery, hind wings membrane and fan shaped
  • Release unpleasant odor when crushed

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