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Quick Reference Facts

Common Name: Earwigs
Common Traits: Color: Dark brown, Shape: Long narrow, Size: 1" long, Region: throughout the U.S.
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Prevention Methods

  • Remove leaf piles and mulch piles
  • Seal cracks and crevices
  • Contact Markle for professional control


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.

Information provided by the National Pest Management AssociationĀ