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During cool, moist weather, earwigs may feed on tender new growth, flowers, and fruit of crops such as lettuce, corn, peppers, and celery. Evidence of earwig feeding includes ragged foliage and distorted flowers and fruit. Damage is usually more annoying than serious, and will pass when weather becomes drier. Earwigs feed primarily at night and hide by day in dark, damp places.
Immature earwigs look very similar to adults. Both eggs and adult insects overwinter; adults sometimes burrow as much as 6 feet underground. Earwigs are common garden pests throughout North America.
Last updated: 10/24/15
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