Occasional Invaders Identification
Earwigs are unsightly and can be serious garden pests. They have amber bodies with yellow legs, and sometimes head indoors after rains. Often called pincher bugs, they primarily eat decaying matter and do not pinch.
Yellowish-brown and about one-inch long, house crickets are heard more often than they are seen. They create a distinctive chirping sound, especially in the dark. They are happy to be outside but will stray toward warm interiors. They can chew just about anything from carpets to clothing, and can bite if captured.
These pests like to eat paper, glue, starch, and textiles. Silverfish will feed on wall paper and are often found in books or cardboard packaging. They are nocturnal and flee from light. They are silvery-white, cone shaped and ¾- to ½-inch long.
Their bodies are dark and tubular, but vary in color and size from a half inch to 12-inches in more exotic locales. Millipedes have two legs per segment. They live in moist soils, usually covered by plants, rocks, or leaves, and eat decaying organic matter.
Sometimes called “roly-polies” or “potato-bugs,” they are dark segmented critters about ¾-inch long. They feed on decaying plant matter and live in damp areas. They prefer to be underneath the cover of leaves or rocks, but can also be found under boxes in damp, ground level basements or storage rooms.