Dark brown


Up to 25mm


An earwig is an insect from the order Dermaptera. It has a pair of forcepslike pincers at the end of its abdomen and is characterized by its characteristic wings. Earwigs are found in many parts of the world, including North America, Europe, and Australia. They are typically found in damp, dark places such as mulch and leaf litter, where they feed on decaying plant matter and insects. Earwigs can also be a nuisance in homes and gardens, as they can damage plants and cause structural damage.

What do earwigs look like

Earwigs are small, slender insects with a pair of prominent pincers, or “forceps”, at the rear of their abdomen. They range in size from 5 to 25mm in length. Depending on the species, they can be a variety of colours, including brown, black, reddish-brown, or a combination of these colours. Earwigs have a flattened, elongated body with two pairs of wings. The forewings are short and leathery, and the hindwings are membranous and folded beneath the forewings when not in use.


Earwigs have long antennae, which are used to sense their environment. Their heads are small and narrow, and their eyes are tiny. They have three pairs of legs, which are used for digging and crawling.

The most recognizable feature of earwigs is the pair of long, curved pincers, or “forceps”, located at the end of their abdomen. These are used for defence and for capturing prey. The forceps can be used to pinch and inflict pain, but they are not venomous and do not pose a serious threat to humans.

Why do I have earwigs
Earwigs are attracted to moist, dark environments. They are commonly found in damp basements, crawlspaces, and other damp areas. They are also attracted to compost piles, mulch, and other organic materials. Earwigs may enter homes through cracks and crevices in search of food and shelter. Once inside, they can reproduce quickly, often becoming a nuisance.
How worried should I be about earwigs

Earwigs are not typically considered to be dangerous to humans. They do not bite or sting, and their pincers are not powerful enough to puncture the skin. However, they can be a nuisance in the home, as they can feed on plants and other organic materials. It is best to take preventative measures to keep them out of the home, such as sealing cracks and crevices around doors and windows, and removing potential hiding places like piles of wood or leaves.

How can I prevent earwigs invading

To prevent earwigs from invading your home, it is important to seal any cracks and crevices around doors and windows. It is also important to remove potential hiding places, such as piles of wood or leaves. You should also make sure that any areas in your home that are prone to moisture are well ventilated. Finally, if you have any potted plants indoors, you should check them regularly for signs of earwigs.

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