- Generally nocturnal.
- Live outside.
- Enter homes seeking moisture.
- Feed mainly on clothing and carpet.
- Also eat papers, cotton, linen, and proteins.
- Usually 3/4″ – 7/8″ long.
- Feed primarily on starch found in paper.
- Cause damage to clothing by feeding on cotton and linen.
- Wingless with flattened body.
- Usually 1/2″ – 3/4″ long.
- Found almost everywhere.
- Earwigs are primarily scavengers and feed on dead plant and animal material.
- Most active at night.
- During the day they seek shelter under stones, boards, and debris.
- Readily recognizable by the forceps-like appendages at the end of the abdomen.
- Sow bugs are closely related to shrimp and crayfish.
- They feed on decaying vegetable matter.
- They frequently invade damp basement and crawlspace areas.
- They are found under mulch and vegetable debris and may infest potted plants.