Ring-Legged Earwig

Subject: What is this bug ?
Location: Bathroom
January 10, 2016 7:59 pm
I have been seeing these bugs in my bathroom and it is freaking me out since I have a two year old can you tell me what it is ?
Signature: Taryn mcdermott

Ring-Legged Earwig
Ring-Legged Earwig

Dear Taryn,
We believe this earwig is a Ring-Legged Earwig,
Euborellia annulipes.  According to BugGuide, it is:  “A voracious predator, it will also eat all kinds of plant material, though rarely bothers with live plants” and “Not uncommon in homes and gardens, though often displaced by other species, esp. the European Earwig. Whatever damage it does to crops like lettuce and strawberries is usually more than made up for by destroying small slugs, caterpillars, termites, and many other pests.”  Earwigs may pinch with their cerci, the appendages that resemble forceps at the tip of the abdomen, but they are not considered a threat to humans.

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