Earwigs (Pincher Bugs)

What are Earwigs?

Earwigs are small insects that are commonly found in gardens and outdoor environments. They are attracted to moist environments and are often found near sources of water, such as ponds and streams.

Earwigs are thought to have originated in the region of the world that includes present-day Europe, Africa, and Asia, and they have been around for millions of years. Over time, they have spread to other parts of the world, including the Americas and Australia.

Earwigs are generally not harmful to humans, but they can cause damage to plants and flowers in gardens. They are also known to invade homes and buildings, where they can become a nuisance. 

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Common Species

There are many different species of earwigs, but the most common ones found in gardens and outdoor environments include the European earwig and the red-headed earwig. These insects are known for their distinctive appearance, which includes a pair of pincers on their abdomens.

Reduce Earwig Activity

To prevent earwigs from infesting a garden or home, it is important to have regularly scheduled pest control service, in addition to eliminating sources of moisture and shelter, such as piles of leaves or debris. Keeping the environment clean and free of clutter can also help prevent earwig infestations.