PEST PROFILES: MISCELLANEOUS CHEWING PESTS
Click on image to view larger. Earwigs
Earwigs are dark, reddish-brown insects that are easily identified by the pincer-like projections on the tip of the abdomen, called forceps. Both males and females have forceps. Earwigs are often transported great distances in potted plants, nursery stock, or other plant material.
Earwigs feed on living or dead plant material and some insects. Generally, earwigs are not destructive. In large numbers, they may feed on tender plants and may damage lettuce, strawberries, dahlias, marigolds, zinnias and roses.
Gradual metamorphosis occurs with nymphs having the same appearance as adults. They grow to maturity in a few months and can live up to a year.