Crickets look similar to grasshoppers. They have long hind legs that allow them to jump, long flattened bodies, and long antennae. It's usually only the males that you hear chirping. You'll notice that you mostly hear them at night. This is because they are nocturnal. Crickets feed on organic material and decaying plant matter. They also may look for other injured crickets to feed on if food isn't available.
Earwigs are brown to black in color, about 1/4"-11/2" in length and are easily identified by their forceps. ( They are given the nickname "pincher bugs" by many people after their forceps) These insects are attracted to high moisture areas where there is mulch or decaying matter. They prefer to feed on insects that are dead or alive, but will survive off of decaying organic matter, moss, fungi, or even house plants. They are typically seasonal pests. They are most commonly seen around spring and fall. They can cling onto humans using their forceps. This feels like a pinch. They aren't harmful to humans, but can be annoying. The myth about earwigs is that they can enter your ears while sleeping and can't exit, that they feed on brains. This is a myth.
Prevention Tip: To prevent Earwigs it is very important to avoid overwatering as it will cause moss, fungi, and constant moisture; these are conducive conditions for earwigs. Earwigs are usually present in flower beds with mulch. It's important to have a regular pest control program to treat these areas to control them.
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