Earwig identification for pest control in MA, ME, and NH


Adult earwigs range in length from 1/4 – 1 inch. The body is long and flat, usually dark brown to black in color. They usually have two pairs of wings, and forceps-like pincers at the end of their abdomen.

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What is the Earwig's Diet?

Although earwigs are scavengers, they generally prefer plant material.

What is the Earwig's Reproductive Cycle?

Female earwigs lay several batches of about 50 eggs, in a shallow area under a rock or other form of protection. In cooler temperatures, they take about 70 days to hatch. In warmer temperatures, they hatch in about 20 days.

Where do Earwigs Live?

Being nocturnal, earwigs usually hide in moist, shady places during the day. Outdoors, they can be found under rocks, boards, and other debris. Indoors, they hide in cracks, crevices, carpeting and under furniture.

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