Earwigs

On occasion earwigs can be pests of plants. The most likely earwig encountered in nursery production in the Northwest is the European earwig, Forficula auricularia. The following websites have useful information on earwigs.

Websites:

Flint, M.L. Earwigs. UC IPM.

Shetlar, D.J. and J.E. Andon. 2010. Ohio State University Factsheet: Earwigs March 9, 2010. <8 March 2018>

Earwigs (Landscape). Pacific Northwest Insect Management Handbook.

Videos:

The European Earwig: Very cool video with lots of earwig information, mis-information, and trivia.

Original version: <9 October 2010>

Last revision <8 March 2018>

Author: R.L. Rosetta, Extension Nursery Integrated Pest Management, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University

Earwig damage

Earwig damage

Closeup of adult female earwig

Closeup of adult female earwig

Closeup of adult male earwig

Closeup of adult male earwig

Closeup of a juvenile earwig

Closeup of a juvenile earwig

male earwig . Photo: Ken Gray

male earwig
Photo: Ken Gray

Closeup of adult female earwig with eggs. Photo: Ken Gray Collection

Closeup of adult female earwig with eggs.
Photo: Ken Gray Collection

European earwig damage on Dracaena

European earwig damage on Dracaena

European earwig female on Dracaena

European earwig female on Dracaena

European earwig damage on Dracaena

European earwig damage on Dracaena