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Earwigs get their name from the belief that they crawl into sleeping people’s ears and enter into the brain. The myth is not based on any scientific facts and is completely false. They do, however, have a disturbing appearance that frightens many homeowners as they have forceps-like appendages at the tail end of their body. Earwigs can kill seedling vegetables and annual flowers. They have also been known to damage maturing soft fruit. If you suspect earwigs may be damaging your crops or flowers look for irregular holes or chew marks around the edge of leaves. The damage resembles that of a caterpillar. You also can look for them with a flashlight when it is dark as earwigs are nocturnal.
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