Earwigs are beetle-like, short-winged, fast moving creatures that range in size from about a 1/2 inch to 1 inch in length. Earwigs usually hide in cracks, crevices, under bark or in similar places during the day, but are active foragers at night. They are scavengers, looking for armyworms, aphids, mites and scales, food scrapes or dead insects but they will occasionally feed on plants.
Earwigs have chewing-type mouthparts, a pair of pincer-like members at the tip of their abdomen and are dark brown in color. The striped Earwig adults are dark brown with light tan markings. The males are large and robust with stout pincers while the females are somewhat smaller and lighter in color. Earwigs live in subterranean burrows or under debris, in areas that are sandy or clay soils. They can be found outside unless populations are large or other conditions are unfavorable. Then they will enter structures in search of food, a more suitable environment or just by meandering accidentally, resulting in a need for earwig control measures.
The female lays about fifty tiny eggs in her subterranean burrow. The eggs hatch into nymphs about seven days later and feed on their egg case. The female continues to care for the young, grooming and instructing them in the burrow throughout the first stage as a nymph.
Since they are nocturnal, the Earwig remains in the soil or under debris during the day. Heavily thatched lawns or mulched flower beds are some their preferred daytime nesting sites. At night they will collect in large numbers around street lights, neon lights, or lighted windows where they will search for food, entering situations where earwig control may be necessary if they go into buildings.
These insects cause no physical harm to humans but certain species can smell dreadful when squished. They use their scent glands to squirt a foul-smelling liquid as a form of protection.
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