Earwigs are small insects that feed at night. They are considered pests because they eat small holes in leaves and flowers. However, Earwigs are also considered beneficial because they are scavengers feeding on decaying plant matter as well as insect larvae, snails, and aphids.
Earwigs grow to 3/4 inch with slender red-brown long flat bodies. They have a pair of sharp pincers at the tail end that they use for killing prey and for mating. In the winter time a female will lay 20-50 cream colored eggs in underground nests. Newly hatched nymphs will appear in spring
Earwigs will sometimes accidentally enter the home, however, they will not establish themselves indoors and are harmless to humans. You might find them in areas where there is water – kitchens, bathrooms, and laundries.
Attracted to lights, Earwigs can become a nuisance on porches and patios on summer nights. In the morning they will be gathered under things like cushions that were left outside overnight.
An old superstition says that Earwigs crawl into the ears of a sleeping person and bore into the brain. While menacing in appearance, this doesn’t happen.