Earwigs make up the insect order Dermaptera, found throughout the Americas, Eurasia, Australia and New Zealand.
Earwigs are nocturnal; they often hide in small, moist crevices during the day, and are active at night, feeding on a wide variety of insects and plants. Damage to foliage, flowers, and various crops is commonly blamed on earwigs, especially the common earwig ‘Forficula auricularia’.
With 1,800 species in 12 families, they are one of the smaller insect orders. Earwigs have characteristic cerci, a pair of forceps pincers on their abdomen, and membranous wings folded underneath short forewings, hence the scientific order name, “skin wings.” Some groups are tiny parasites on mammals and lack the typical pincers. Earwigs rarely use their flying ability.
Slender cracks and crevices are small enough for an earwig. They are sensitive to temperature and will seek an indoor spot if it’s too cold, hot, dry or wet.
There are plenty of preventative measures that can greatly reduce your earwig population, but to rid all earwigs is extremely difficult.
Eliminate dense undergrowth of vines, ground cover, and weeds around vegetable and flower gardens.
Prune away fruit tree suckers.
Remove leaves, boards, boxes, trash, and other debris from planting areas.
Move flower pots and other garden objects and structures that can harbor earwigs.
Check plastic or organic mulches, and remove them to limit earwig numbers.
Our trained technician’s general treatment on the outside will have great impact towards the Earwig population, if the problem persists, indoor treatment to baseboards and crevices may be necessary.
For more information contact PestTechs Pest Control at 505.609.8202
For more methods on how to get rid of Earwigs check out UC Davis: Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program
*Cited from UC Davis Integrated Pest Management Program & Wikipedia