They have wings but can't fly. Earwigs are nocturnal. There are about 1,200 species of earwigs. Earwigs are not a danger to humans.
How to get rid of earwigs
They are usually found in dark, damp places such as under rocks, logs, and leaves. They are most often found in gardens, but they are also found in many other places. They can be found in homes, office buildings, and even in cars or caravans that are parked outside.
As earwigs prefer to eat other insects, they are generally self-controlling and prefer to stay outside of the house. If earwigs become a larger problem, then a specialised pest control treatment is the best way to control an outbreak.
Tips for preventing earwigs infesting your home
It is believed that they cost the U.S. over $100 million each year because of the damage they do to landscaping and gardens.
Like many insects, they are best controlled by keeping your home and surroundings clean and tidy of waste and plant debris. The best defence against having earwigs inside the home is to ensure that doors and windows seal properly and to check any items for them before you bring it inside.
A regular general pest control spray inside and outside your home will create an invisible barrier so that earwigs (and other pests) will not enter your house.
Where do earwigs live?
Earwigs are found in dark, moist areas such as under rocks, logs, and leaves. They are also found in cracks in the foundation of your home.