Several species of this nocturnal insect may infest the home, including the European earwig (Forficula auricularia), the ringlegged earwig (Euborellia annulipes), and the striped earwig (Labidura riparia). Earwigs are usually found in the garden, where they feed on mosses, decaying organic matter, vegetation, and other insects. Large numbers of earwigs may invade homes, however, through cracks or openings in the foundation, doors, and window screens, especially during hot, dry spells. Although they do not damage household furnishings, their presence is annoying, and they may feed on stored food items or hide in areas where food is kept. They may also inflict painful pinches when provoked.
Store food in sealed containers. Repair cracks or openings in window screens, doors, and the building foundation.