Earwigs make up the insect order Dermaptera with 2,000 types of species. There are twenty-two different types in the United States alone.
Most earwigs are omnivores. They eat both plants and insects. When in the home and there is mold, they will eat that as well. Rotting wool with excess moisture is heaven for them.
Earwigs are not a threat to humans. They do not bite; however, they can pinch, which may be painful. They do not have venom, so do not carry bacteria and disease. They are more of a nuisance, causing problems for gardeners while damaging home foundations, window frames, and pipes when they enter through cracks.
Disposing of rotten wood, raking up leaves and lawn clippings can help to prevent earwigs from gathering in the outdoors. Keeping area dry is essential both outside and inside the home. Fill homes gaps, holes, and cracks in the foundation and around windows.
If you find yourself with a sudden invasion of earwigs, contact NJ Pest Control to eliminate them quickly and effectively.
Brown to reddish-brown to dark black
Earwigs range from 5 to 25 millimeters in size, depending on the species.
The earwig has a long slim body with three body parts, six legs, 2 antennae, and a distinctive set of pincers at the end of its abdomen. Some have wings and some do not.
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