Earwigs, known scientifically as Forficula auricularia, belong to the order of Dermaptera. There exists roughly 2,000 species of earwigs, worldwide. Earwigs are easily distinguished by a pair of forcep-like pincers on their abdomen. They do possess wings but are rarely used. Like all insects, they have six legs and a pair of antennae. Earwigs are incredibly common and can be found on every continent except Antarctica. They are mostly nocturnal creatures and often hide in small, most crevices during the day. They can be found under piles of lawn clippings, compost or in tree cavities. Earwigs tend to hibernate during the winter months. Some burrow six feet underground to escape the cold, however, they often prefer the sheltered conditions of people’s homes during the winter. Sealing any cracks and crevices in your walls, doors, windows and foundations can help prevent earwigs from enter your home. Earwigs feed on a wide variety of insects and plants. Damage done to foliage, flowers, and crops are commonly
blamed on earwigs. Although earwigs look intimidating with their forceps, they are generally quite harmless. The only risk posed by earwigs to people is the potential invasion of crops, flowers, and other plants.

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