How to Identify Earwigs

Contrary to their name, earwigs do not crawl into people’s ears and bore into the brain. This is a myth associated with earwigs. Earwigs are easily recognizable from their long forceps-like cerci or clippers on the back of their abdomens that are used as both offensive and defensive weapons. These pincers usually frighten people. Earwigs range in size from 5 to 25mm. They are reddish-brown to black in color. They are nocturnal insects with elongated, flattened bodies. There are more than 20 species of earwigs in the United States.

Earwigs Eating and Feeding Habits

Earwigs feed on live or dead leaves, flowers, fruits, mold, and insects. Some earwigs also feed on honey in beehives. They live in colonies under piles of lawn debris, mulch or in tree holes. They are active at night and hide in cracks in damp areas during the day. Earwigs are attracted to lights. They can be a big nuisance in the summer evenings. When crushed, earwigs emit a distinctive disagreeable odor; some species squirt a foul-smelling liquid. They cannot survive for longer in dry areas.


Earwigs do not pose any severe risks, but they can be terrifying to look at. They do not spread any diseases to humans; however, for plants and vegetation, they can be extremely harmful. They can cause damage in your garden by feeding on a variety of plants such as lettuce, corn, celery, tender young seedlings, and blossoms and ripening fruits.

How to Prevent Earwigs in Home

If you find any sign of earwigs in your yard, home or office, immediately Contact Crown Pest for the best earwig elimination treatment. Our specialists are adept at recognizing the species involved, the severity of the problem, and any potential threats. Our professionals will visit your premises and take the time to inspect the critical areas and typical habitats. Accordingly, they use the most advanced and the most-effective treatment to make your home, office and surroundings pest-free.

Some DIY Tips to Get Rid of Earwigs

  • Get rid of unessential mulch, plant debris, compost piles, stones and boards from around your house.
  • Seal utility penetrations, cracks, and crevices in your foundation with a silicone sealer, construction putty, etc.
  • Adjust outdoor lights to shine from the yard onto the house.
  • Change white light bulbs to yellow bulbs; white lights are more attractive to insects.
  • Use a dehumidifier in a damp basement.
  • Make sure that gutters and downspouts drain away from the foundation.
  • To capture earwigs temporarily, use a vacuum cleaner. For a permanent solution, call Crown Pest to control earwigs effectively.