What do earwigs look like?
Adult earwigs grow to be 1/4 to 1 inch in length. Their body is dark red-brown, while their legs are a lighter brown. They have thread-like antennae that are very long (almost half the length of their body), and most have four wings; two short front wings and two long hind wings. Earwigs have pincher-like appendages (cerci) coming off the hind end of their long, narrow, flattened body. The female’s cerci are curved, while the males are straight.
Where are earwigs found?
Despite the rumor, earwigs are not found living in people’s ears or laying their eggs inside people’s brains. Earwigs pose no real threat to people and primarily live outside in damp, dark places. Mulch, piles of grass, landscaping ties, hollow trees, and leaf piles are all common places to find earwigs.
Unfortunately, they may move indoors if temperatures outside become too hot and the ground becomes too dry. Earwigs are attracted to light, and often find their way inside Iowa & Illinois homes through cracks in the foundation, gaps found underneath exterior doors, and even on the bottom of potted plants that have been moved inside. Homeowners tend to find these creepy looking but harmless insects underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks, in basements, in laundry rooms, and inside damp crawlspaces.
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