1. Are Earwigs and Silverfish the Same?

MARCH 03 2022 /

Are Earwigs and Silverfish the Same?

Are earwigs and silverfish the same thing? It is a commonly asked question. The two share many similar qualities, but it just so happens that they are completely different pests.

Since they can be tricky to tell apart, we are here to help you do just that.


How to tell them apart

We can see how these creepy crawlers could be easily mixed up. At a glance or without the correct training, they can look very alike. They also share very comparable behaviors. Here is how you can tell if you are dealing with an Earwig or a Silverfish.


The most distinguishing factor between the two is their coloring; Earwigs are typically brown, while Silverfish are- you guessed it- silver.

They are both about equal in size, but their body shapes can easily be told apart.

Earwigs have a smaller head as well as pincers located at the end of their abdomens. Silverfish have more flattened bodies and tend to become thinner closer to their abdomens.



Their behavior is much more similar than their looks and, unfortunately, isn't the best way to tell them apart.

Both Silverfish and Earwigs enjoy humid, dark places, which is why both can typically be found underneath rugs or in basements.

Both of these pests are also most active at night. The only great difference in behavior between the two is their predatory manners.

Silverfish have never been known to be harmful, but Earwigs do rarely use their pincers when threatened and feed on other, smaller insects.


When to Call a Professional

If you are having trouble determining which pest is your problem, it is best to call a pest control company like American Pest.

Our licensed technicians have undergone intense training that is sure to assist you in figuring out which pest you need to get treatment for.

The bottom line is whether you have Silverfish or Earwigs running around your home, you are going to want them out. Call American Pest to rid your home of these alien-like insects today!