Earwigs are brown in colour and around 2cm long. An earwig has a pair of long antennae (up to 1cm) and pincers at the end of their body.
The female earwigs lay about 60 eggs, which take a week to hatch. The nymphs grow into adults in around 70. Earwigs have a lifespan of up to one year.
They are mainly garden pests, but sometimes enter houses in search of food sources or when weather conditions change – it becomes too cold or too hot and dry. They are active at night. They eat dead and living organisms, soft fruits, and vegetables.