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Earwigs (Forficula auricularia)

Forficula_auricularia

Size

Earwigs are insects measuring 10 to 20 mm.

Colour

These insects are shiny brown-red in colour.

Description

Earwigs have a very elongated shape, six legs, two long antennae and mouth pliers. Their abdomen ends in two tails in the form of a clamp.

Diet

Earwigs feed on plants, aphids, psyllids or dead insects. They are thus large consumers of unwanted insects.

Habitat

These insects tend to avoid daylight and hide in crevices, under leaves or flowers, coming out at night in search of food.

Consequences / Dangers

In the Quebec/Montreal Region, they are sometimes considered pests when their population grows as they do not seem to have predators. They can cause damage to fruit and vegetable gardens. They can also get into houses through cracks and holes. They do not carry diseases.

Prevention

There are steps to take to remedy a problem of an earwig invasion.

So consult an extermination specialist by checking out our prevention guide below.

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