These can certainly be one of the most annoying insects around. Under your baseboard, crawling across your wall, in your windows, even under your pillow, these critters can certainly get around. Why so many, why must they invade our homes, and our plants? Though there are many species of earwigs California is home to the European and striped earwig. The European species is known for being very destructive to plants; they can devastate vegetables, flowers, and soft fruits. We don’t usually see them during the day because they are nocturnal insects: feeding at night. During the day they seek shelter in dark, cool, or moist places. Examples include bricks, wood, grass, or other outdoor hiding spaces that produce a favorable environment for these critters to hide and breed. During the fall and winter a female earwig will lay thirty eggs or more, and sometimes will produce two families in a year. The eggs hatch quickly and these babies will often start becoming a nuisance from May to fall, when they become adults. When it becomes hot, dry, or too cold they will often seek shelter from the outdoors. They find cracks and crevices that allow them to squeeze into our homes. Because earwigs can be beneficial by controlling aphids and other nuisance pests, homeowners may want to limit the control of them to just the garden and home area. Methods of control are trapping, baiting, and the use of pesticides. Baiting is not the most effective method of ridding earwigs, especially when they have already established themselves. Pesticide use has to be done in a careful manner in order to ensure non-target, beneficial insects are not harmed.