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Earwigs get their name from the myth that they crawl into sleeping people’s ears and tunnel into the brain. They do not really do that!

There are 22 types of Earwigs in the United States and there are over a 1,000 different species all over the world.

Earwig Description

Size: 1″
Shape: Long, narrow
Color: Dark brown
Legs: 6
Wings: No
Antenna: Yes
Common Name: Earwig
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Dermaptera
Family: Forficulidae
Species: Forficula auricularia

Earwig Diet
An earwigs diet consists 0f leaves, flowers, fruits, mold and insects.

Earwig Habitat
Earwigs hide during the day and live outdoors in large numbers. They can be found under piles of lawn clippings, compost or in tree holes. They enter buildings through cracks in the walls.

Earwig Impact
They do not spread disease, but they can be scary to look at.

Earwig Prevention
* Remove leaf piles, compost piles or other vegetation from around your home.
* Seal cracks and crevices in the walls of your house.