Earwigs are nocturnal. They often hide in small, moist crevices during the day and are active at night, feeding on a wide variety of insects and plants. Damage to foliage, flowers, and various crops is commonly blamed on earwigs.

• Earwigs are slim insects with two pairs of wings and pincers on the back of their abdomens.
• Some species secrete a foul-smelling odor as a defense mechanism.
• Although they have wings, earwigs rarely use their flying ability.