Earwigs are a common, relatively diverse group of insects, with twelve different families comprising their order. They are found on every continent except Antarctica and are no less common in Ontario than they are elsewhere in the world. While myths persist about their attraction to the human ear, such behaviour is not common and only a few anecdotal accounts exist. Nevertheless, this pest is so common that it is worth being able to recognize them and spot potential infestations.
What do Earwigs Look Like?
Earwigs are described as the following:
- Earwigs are insects that can range anywhere from 7-50 millimetres in length. In Canada, they are typically brown in colour.
- All are long, flat insects, capable of fitting into crevices an