How to Identify Earwigs


Earwigs are brownish to black in color, narrow-bodied, elongated and somewhat flattened insects. Their body length ranges from 1/4” to 1”. The key characteristic for distinguishing an Earwig from other insects is their forceps-like cerci or appendage on the rear of the abdomen. The cerci are used to capture prey and for defense.


These insects cause problems in new homes where land has been cleared. They sometimes build up in large numbers and invade homes during certain times of the year. They often congregate next to foundations around the exterior perimeter. Active at night, they may often be seen around lights or around windows.


Although they feed on dead animal and plant material, they invade homes during the summer months, especially in times of drought or excessive rain. Their presence is both a nuisance and unsightly.


To help prevent Earwigs:

• Physical removal by a vacuum is a good method to reduce numbers of Earwigs.
• Remove areas in which they can harbor. These include areas such as mulch, ornamental rocks, patio stones, picnic furniture, etc.
• Close up cracks and crevices (exclusion) around the perimeter of the home and around drainage pipe areas.
• Professional treatment around the perimeter of the home will reduce Earwig populations.


A professional treatment is the best way to control Earwigs in a given area. Cook’s Pest Control offers professional treatment for the control of earwigs. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your earwig problems.

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About Earwigs

  • Female Earwigs lay between 20 to 80 eggs in the span of a few days that hatch in 7 days starting in early spring.
  • They spray a bad smelling yellow liquid from scent glands as protection from preditors.
  • Earwigs found on walls will drop to the ground in search of a gap to hide when a human approaches.