Earwigs: No Big Deal
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Alpert, Gary; Frye, Matthew
Virtually harmless to humans, earwigs do not spread diseases and their mouths are too small to bite. Some species will use their rear pincher-like appendages to protect themselves, giving them a fierce reputation exaggerated beyond their actual threat. Most earwig species live in moist areas outdoors where they feed on decaying vegetation and other arthropods. These common insects are found worldwide, with the greatest diversity located in the tropics.
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