Earwigs are hard, flattened, reddish brown insects up to 2.5cm (1in) long. They are harmless to humans and animals, although if handled carelessly, the earwig can give a slight pinch with the forceps. Earwigs are nocturnal and during the day they hide in damp, dark places either indoors or outdoors.
Large numbers of earwigs may invade homes through cracks, doors or windows. Although they do not damage household furnishings their presence is annoying and they may feed on stored food items.
Treatment and control
For control of earwigs indoors, first discourage earwigs by storing food in sealed containers, repair cracks and openings around doors and windows.
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