Earwigs Bugs

The Truth About Earwig Bugs

While it’s possible that earwig bugs could wander into someone’s ear canal, stories about these creatures seeking out the human ear and burrowing inside are simply urban legends.



Earwigs are distinctive looking, with long black bodies and large pincers protruding from their abdomen. They are relatively harmless, but may try to pinch if picked up. This is purely a natural defense mechanism used to ward off opponents and predators, and has nothing to do with any inherent malice toward man. It’s unlikely that they’d be able to successfully grab any skin, anyway, given the size difference between earwig bugs and humans.

Earwigs don’t cause any household destruction, like moths or termites. They do, however, tend to give many people the creeps and it is generally a nuisance to share your belongings with any kind of bugs, no matter how docile they may be. Earwig bugs don’t scare too easily, but if they are startled they will sometimes emit a foul odor.

Preventing Earwig Infestation

These bugs love to congregate in dark, damp places like under woodpiles, rocks, and compost piles. You can make your property less attractive to earwigs by keeping things neat and tidy.

Getting Rid of Earwig Bugs


Living With Earwigs

An important thing to consider is that while you may want to remove earwig bugs from your house and yard, earwigs can actually be helpful out in the garden. They have been known to eat small pests such as aphids as well as the larvae of many invasive insects.

Whether you choose to coexist with them or to eradicate them, rest assured that you don’t have to worry about earwig bugs invading your ears while you sleep.