I found this bug in a comforter that had been sitting on the carpet a couple days. First, I thought it might be a pantry beetle, but I’m not sure pantry beetles have a pincher at the end. It looks like it would REALLY hurt if this thing bit someone. Can you help me identify it so I will know how to proceed with extermination?

At last, a reader has sent in a photo of an earwig. You don’t need an exterminator. They are sometimes attracted to lights.

One Response to Earwig

  1. Ben says:

    This is DEFINITELY not a European Earwig. The head and the wing buds are black, while European earwig heads are brown and wing buds are red/yellow/black.
    The cerci also look more built for combat, while European earwigs have more vestigial cerci.

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