Earwigs are dark reddish-brown insects, about ½ inch to 1 inch long, with prominent claw-like pinchers located on the end of their abdomen. The pinchers are mainly used as a defense weapon against predators, but can also be utilized to capture prey.
Earwigs quickly consume young seedlings, eat small holes in both flowers and foliage of annuals and vegetables, and can damage soft fruit like strawberries. They feed mostly at night and hide in moist, dark places during the day. Earwigs will sometimes invade the home, especially during hot weather or drought-like conditions. They don't cause real damage to the home, but are a nuisance and may pinch when provoked. Some species can release a foul smelling pheromone that attracts other Earwigs.
Earwigs are found throughout the United States.
Similar or Related Pests
Roaches, Rove Beetle