Earwigs are nocturnal scavengers, eating dead insects and decomposing plant materials. Earwigs are a common insect of compost bins. During the day, earwigs will seek shelter under organic matter such as mulch, pine straw, leaf litter, and other debris. They prefer dark and damp areas such as under sidewalks and stones. They’re problematic because they will eat live plants, particularly new seedlings. Earwig pincers may appear frightening; however, earwigs prefer to run from people than to fight. If cornered, they may pinch, but not enough to hurt or draw blood.
Earwigs can enter the home through doors and windows, and by crawling up the foundation and entering through a crack. Their populations build up around foundations, where they produce large populations rather quickly and are often a major problem in new subdivisions. If you have an unusual number of earwigs, call Thrasher Termite & Pest Control for assistance with earwig control.