With over 2,000 different species, it can be hard to tell one species from another. Out of the many different insect orders, earwigs are considered to be part of the smaller orders. Most people recognize earwigs by their forceps pincers or cerci, which are connected to the earwig's abdomen. However, not all earwigs have the iconic pincers, and although they have wings, earwigs rarely fly.
The earwig is considered to be a ground insect, but when appropriate, it can easily fly. The majority of earwigs live beneath leaves and areas that contain mulch. It's important for homeowners to know that earwigs don't use their pincers to attack humans. However, if earwigs are disturbed, there is a chance that they'll latch onto skin, which can produce a mild pinch. The forceps or pincers on a male earwig are usually larger than a female's pincers. The term earwig is actually the result of an old superstition, which says an earwig crawls inside a person's ear and begins to feed. Almost all earwigs are omnivorous. However, some species of earwigs are skilled predators.