The earwig, or pincher bug, doesn’t really live up to either of its names. The name earwig comes from and old myth that these insects crawl into people’s ears and get into their brain. Pincher bug implies that they could hurt you – which isn’t the case. Earwigs can vary in color and markings depending on the species, and can be up to 1″ long. Males and females can be told apart by their pinchers. Male pinchers resemble outsider calipers, while females are smaller and close together. They are nocturnal, living in moist, sheltered areas during the day. At night they come out to feed on a variety of plants and insects. Frequently they eat garden plants, making them a nuisance. When there are enough of them outside some can make their way into your home, and have the potential to smell bad if alarmed or crushed.


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