Replacing some drywall revealed something has been destroying the wood behind it. While removing things to see more, I saw 3 of these kind of bugs. I originally thought carpenter ants were the cause of the destruction.

Is the bug in the picture just a basement dweller that’s attracted to damp old basements? Or is it likely the cause of the wood damage?

FYI, it’s a 100 year old house in MN.

pic of bugpic of wood damagepic of sawdust

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That most definitely appears to be termite damage. The pictured bug is NOT a termite however. It looks like what we call an "earwig" here in the south.

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    Phew thanks. Creepy little buggers. Now to call pest control about the termite damage...
    – Skc45x
    Dec 29, 2018 at 18:32
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    We call that a "Silverfish". An earwig is something different that the kids call a "pincer bug", and they will pinch with their large foreceps. Dec 29, 2018 at 19:05

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