Color: Dark brown
Shape: Long, narrow
Region: Throughout the United States
The Earwig gets its name from a European myth that the insects would climb into a sleeping human’s ears while they sleep and tunnel into the brain. There has been no scientific evidence that this is true. While the Earwig is not an enjoyable pest to look at with their intimidating pincers that protrude from their abdomen, they do not cause harm to humans. The worst thing that an Earwig can do besides destroying plants and crops is emit a foul-smelling liquid that it uses as its defense mechanism when threatened. Earwigs are nocturnal pests that hunker down in damp areas outside during daylight hours. Earwigs feed on leaves, flowers, fruit, mold, and insects. If an Earwig is found indoors, that means he just slipped through a crack leading into your house, but that also means there are many more Earwigs outside your house. Earwigs are mainly found in mulch, grass clippings and tree holes. During the winter months, Earwigs will burrow underground until spring.