Many people have heard of earwigs (also known as pincher bugs) and have associated them with the myth that these small pincher bugs crawl into the ears of sleeping people to cause them harm. In reality, earwigs are very small and harmless insects. They can be similar to silverfish in appearance, with the main differences being size and color. Most earwigs are reddish or brownish in color, have flat bodies, and are much smaller in length than silverfish.
The pincers on these pests are used as a self-defense mechanism, but are largely harmless to people. Some species release a foul-smelling liquid as a self-defense mechanism as well. The liquid has a very foul smell, but is actually harmless. While it isn't very well-known, these insects actually have wings! Although, they don't often fly and are most often seen crawling around homes. They are most often found outdoors in gardens, yards, and other areas that have vegetation. These bugs find their way into unsuspecting homes while looking for dark, damp environments to hide in.