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Pest has structures projecting from rear end that are pincher-like or straight, and …

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option 1Structures at rear end pincher-like

  • brown insect
  • associated with moist places

option 2Structures at rear end straight

  • body cone-shaped
  • light brown to gray color

EARWIG

earwig
earwig, (1/4-1", 5-25 mm), photo by Gary Alpert, Harvard University, Bugwood.org
For more information, see What's Bugging You: Occasional Invaders

SILVERFISH / FIREBRAT

silverfish
silverfish, (1/2-3/4", 12-19 mm), photo by Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org
For more information, see What's Bugging You: Occasional Infesters

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