• 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

  • 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.


  • Rodents
  • Opossum