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.
Where they are in relatively dry conditions, lightly dust the infested area with non-toxic Oa2ki Powder or Residex P if a chemical approach is preferred. Where in damp conditions spray with Rentokil Insectrol or Protector C Spray Spraying with soapy water also works, if possible remove the earwig gently back into the garden.
The earwig is a fascinating species, and is one of the few non-social insects to
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