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close up of an earwig

Earwigs are usually only about an inch long with narrow bodies. They are often dark brown and have antennae on one end and a pincher on the other. While they can pinch humans, their pinchers are small and not very strong, rarely puncturing the skin.  A few species of earwigs have wings, but more often than not, they are wingless.

The most common earwig across the Greater Richmond area is the European earwig. These earwigs can get slightly longer than an inch, and they often have a reddish tint to their bodies. Some of these earwigs will also have lighter brown areas on their bodies.

To learn even more about earwigs, check out our blog post!

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