Answer: You've described a European Earwig, a common pest in gardens, and one with some bad habits. They feed at night and hide during the day. You can begin by removing any debris in which they can hide, being sure to brush them off the bottoms of pots (a favorite hiding place). You can trap the pests in one of two ways: place rolled up dampened newspapers around the planter in the late afternoon. Earwigs will crawl in to hide and you can remove and destroy them the next morning. I just empty them into the compost bin and then replace the traps. Or, you can put an inch of vegetable oil in tuna or cat food cans and place them around the victimized plants. The oil attracts the earwigs and they will crawl in and drown. Either of these methods is safe to use around children and pets and they are quite effective.
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