Earwigs are typically nocturnal and hide in small, dark, moist areas during the daytime. During the summer, they can be found around damp areas such as near sinks and bathrooms. They tend to gather in shady cracks, openings or anywhere they can remain concealed during the daylight. Good places for them to hide include compost, mulch, pine straw, waste bins, picnic tables, patios, lawn furniture, window frames or anywhere they have access to small cracks that can potentially provide a hiding place. For protection from their predators, some species squirt foul smelling liquid from scent glands located on their abdomen and it simultaneously uses its pincer in defense.