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Habitat

Widely dispersed throughout Europe, where it lives predominantly outdoors, feeding on dead animal and plant material. Generally, this organism is not seen as a pest, with the exception of its occurrence in large numbers indoors.



Biology

Eggs are laid in groups of around 30, slightly below the soil surface. Eggs are tended by the mother who ensures that the eggs remain moist and free from fungal infection. Nymphs pass through between 4 and 6 stages of development before adulthood is reached.

Forficula auricularia

Insecta     Dermaptera    Various

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Pest Status

This organism is seldom more than a nuisance pest and does not offer any public health risks with its presence. Reputedly a pest in horticultural situation, it may also be of benefit as a predator of aphids.



Control

In the vast majority of situations, the chemical control of earwigs is not necessary. If large numbers are present indoors, remedial actions available include removal of nearby vegetation, proofing of entry points, and where necessary, and permitted, the use of a desiccant dust.

 

 


   

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