Contrary to what everyone thinks, earwig are not typically a creature that goes into peoples’ ears. With that being said earwigs can cause alarm to homeowners when discovered indoors. With a menacing appearance and the ability to scurry along at a fast pace, it can often be alarming to home owners to find these creatures. Earwigs may emit a foul smelling, yellowish-brown liquid from their scent glands.
These creatures, which are active at night and hide during the day, normally live outdoors. 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, giving the leaves a ragged appearance with the numerous, small, irregular holes. Also, decomposing organic matter is consumed. They are considered temporary pests in spite of the fact that they sometimes occur in large populations.