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Earwig

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Earwig

 
Ringlegged earwig, adult.  Photo by Bart Drees.

Ring-legged earwig, Euborellia annulipes (Lucas), (Dermaptera: Carcinophoridae). Photo by Bart Drees.

Earwigs are among the most easily recognized insects in the home and landscape. They are abundant throughout Texas and can be a nuisance when they invade houses. Although earwigs rarely harm people, the insects’ large, pincer-like appendages, called forceps, can appear formidable. Some earwig species emit a foul-smelling, yellowish brown liquid from their scent glands, but the most common complaint against the earwig is its presence in homes and apartments.  Publication E-213 at Texas AgriLife Bookstore explains the biology and habits of earwigs and offers three ways to control them: sanitation, mechanical means and chemical methods.

 
 
 

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