Category: Miscellaneous

Scientific Name: Dermaptera



Color: Dark Brown

Size: 5-25 mm long

Region: Found throughout the United States

Lifespan: 1 to 3 years

Important Considerations:

  • Female earwigs lay anywhere between 30 and 50 eggs.
  • These insects are omnivores that like to feed on both live and dead vegetation. Their favorite foods include seeds and flowers, vegetables, and ornamental plants.
  • If aggravated, earwigs can pinch you with their pincers. Although this will cause minimal damage, the site of puncture can still be red and painful.


Where to Find Them on Your Property?

Earwigs can be hard to find during the day because they are nocturnal. They typically hide outside underneath organic debris rocks and bark. However, they can also be found in your house in multiple locations such as the kitchen, basement, or in places that have old decaying items, like boxes or papers. Because they are attracted to light, earwigs are most easily seen at night on your patio or porch.