Forficula auricularia

Earwigs are a common pest in most parts of the United States. They’re easy to identify and are mostly known for their telltale pincers on the bottom of their abdomen.

Biological Profile

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Anthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Dermaptera
  • Family: Forficulidae
  • Genus: Forficula

How common are they?

Earwigs on found on every continent except for Antarctica and are very common in the United States.

Health Risks

  • Known diseases: None
  • Bites: No
  • Stings: No

How dangerous are they?

Earwigs pose little danger to humans and pets, but are known to be a moderate agricultural nuisance.

Pest Treatment Factors

  • Cost: Low
  • DIY-Friendly: Yes
  • Lifestyle Impact: Minimal

How hard are they to get rid of?

Earwigs are fairly simple to remove and are unlikely to exist in major numbers inside homes. Outdoors, however, is a different story. As with many other pests, they’re drawn to moist, dark spaces, and are largely nocturnal so many infestations go unnoticed.

Recent published articles

How to get rid of Earwigs
How to get rid of Earwigs

Earwigs strongly prefer damp and dark environments. Most earwig species are scavengers who primarily eat decaying plant and other organic […]

Are Earwigs dangerous?
Are Earwigs dangerous?

The feature most people are going to be most taken back by are, however, their characteristic strong pincers, found protruding […]