Tim Gibb, Insect Diagnostician, Department of Entomology,
Earwig is the common name of a group of reddish brown insects,
approximately 3/4 of an inch in length that possess a distinct
set of pincers on their posterior end. While not native to the
Americas, they have certainly made themselves at home here and
have become a serious nuisance pest in Indiana over the past few
years. This year appears to be no exception. Earwigs feed on decaying
plant and other organic material - usually in damp and dark areas.
They do not attack or bite people and are not a structural pest
of homes. They usually invade gardens, yards and buildings where
shade keeps things dark and moist. The amount of damage to live
plants attributed to earwigs is usually grossly exaggerated.
Our wet spring has increased the potential for this pest to really
become a nuisance this year.
Physical removal of earwigs is often sufficient, however 'perimeter'
or 'indoor' lableled pesticides also have their place in earwig
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