Despite its name and threatening appearance, the common earwig is a harmless and interesting creature. Earwigs can be found in damp crevices in houses, gardens and woodland where they feed on decaying plant and animal matter and other insects. Their pincers can give a small nip to a human but they are normally used to scare away predators and to help them tuck their wings away.
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The earwig is a fascinating species, and is one of the few non-social insects to show dedicated parental care of offspring.
Earwigs are typically at their most active at night, when they emerge from under refuges such as log piles, stones and crevices in fences to feed on other insects, detritus, fruit and plant matter.
They are garden and woodland dwellers where they feed on live and dead insects and plant materials.
Earwigs like to have a narrow crevice to hide in during the day, preferring to have contact with both the upper and lower parts of their bodies.
It was once commonly believed that earwigs would burrow into people's ears at night and lay eggs in their brains. In fact the story still circulates as an urban myth. Earwigs are not parasitic and would rather lay their eggs under a stone.
The best method of avoiding a plague of earwigs is to deny them suitable living conditions close to the house. Heavy plant growth and compost heaps near to the house provide excellent habitats for them.
In the garden, earwigs are only likely to be a problem if you are growing prize flowers. Only control them if you really need to.
If you do need to control earwigs in the garden:
If you need to prevent earwigs entering your home: