Earwigs


formal_name
Order Dermaptera
description
Earwigs got their name from the myth that they crawl into sleeping people's ears and tunnel into their brains. The long cerci, or clippers, on their backsides easily identify an earwig.
color
Dark Brown
legs
6
shape
Long, Narrow
size
1"
antenanae
True
region
habits
Earwigs hide during the day and feeds on leaves, flowers, fruits, mold and insects at night.
habitat
These insects live together outdoors in large numbers. They can be found under piles of lawn debris, mulch or in tree holes. They gain entry to a structure through exterior cracks
threats
Contrary to folklore, earwigs do not crawl into ears and eat peoples' brains at night. They do not spread diseases, but their menacing appearance can be alarming to a homeowner.
prevention
Remove harborage sites such as leaf piles, mulch piles or other vegetation. Seal cracks and crevices well to prevent structural entry.
catagories
pest_category_id
7
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