Adult earwigs will have large pincers, and usually measure just under an inch. The pincers on a male will be curved, and on a female straight. While they are mostly harmless to humans, they can be harmful to some house plants if allowed to thrive.
Earwigs are creepy-looking insects with long slender bodies, two pairs of wings, and pincers coming from their abdomen. They can be intimidating to look at but are essentially harmless. They are not poisonous, nor are they known to spread disease.
Earwigs are well known for the myth that they crawl and burrow into people’s ears while they sleep – which has no scientific basis. As with most pests, earwigs thrive in dark, moist environments. They feed on both decaying and live vegetation, which can wreak havoc on a garden! They are most active at night and can be found hiding under rocks or logs during the daytime.