Earwig

Earwig in Phoenix

Physical Characteristics of Phoenix Earwigs

  • Vary in colors ranging from black, brown to yellow
  • Measure in length from .15” to 3.1”
  • Cerci, or forcep pincers, can be found on their abdomen
  • Related to crickets and grasshoppers

Earwig Behavior

  • Active at night, burrow in cracks during the day
  • Attracted to water sources, such as in bathrooms and kitchens
  • Light sources attract Earwigs

Phoenix Food Sources

  • Mainly plants, insects and other organic materials
  • Only certain species are predatory

Life Cycle

  • Grow in several stages; egg, larva, pupa and adult
  • Can live up to three years

Related Information and Warnings

  • Produce a rancid liquid to defend themselves
  • Often transported in potted plants, nursery stock or other plant material
  • Can organize in warm weather and invade homes or other structures

If you notice an Earwig or have feel as though you have an infestation in your Phoenix property please feel free to call Bug Guardian at (480)345-2847.