Order Dermaptera

Color: Dark brown
Legs: 6
Shape: Long, narrow
Size 1 inch
Antennae: Yes
Region Found throughout U.S.


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.


Earwigs hide during the day and feeds on leaves, flowers, fruits, mold and insects at night.


These insects live together outdoors in large numbers. Earwigs can be found under piles of lawn debris, mulch or in tree holes. They gain entry to a structure through exterior cracks.


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.

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