The name “earwig” originates from the superstition that earwigs crawl into the ears of sleeping persons and bore into the brain. Although earwig control can be simple process they appear somewhat dangerous due to their forceps, they are practically harmless to man.Earwigs may cause alarm to homeowners when discovered indoors.
They have a frightful appearance, move rapidly around baseboards at the ground level, and may emit a foul-smelling, yellowish-brown liquid from their scent glands. These creatures active at night while hiding during the daytime. They normally live outdoors and do not establish themselves indoors. Most notably they are harmless to humans and animals, although if handled carelessly the earwig can give a slight pinch with the forceps.
Serious feeding damage may occur on flowers, vegetables, fruits and other plants. This feeding gives the leaves a ragged appearance with the numerous, small, irregular holes. Other food sources of the Earwig are decomposing organic matter. They are considered temporary pests in spite of the fact that they sometimes occur in large populations.