Earwigs gain their odd name from an old European superstition which hinted that these insects would enter the ears of sleeping people and bore into the brain. Don’t worry too much, there is little to no evidence of this actually happening.
Earwigs are nocturnal and typically hide during the day in locations that are moist and away from light shady places such as under a rotting log. They can cause significant damage to cultivated plants, vegetables, flowers, fruits, ornamental shrubs, and trees, and have even been recorded feeding on honey in beehives.
Earwigs are extremely good climbers and can easily enter a home by climbing a wall or tree. The damp and dark habitat created underneath old shingles and wood siding is very attractive to earwigs although they tend to not be very picky with their hiding spots when there is food around. Oftentimes they can invade a home by the hundreds or thousands and become a real problem for homeowners quickly.
The forcep-like cerci are used as both offensive and defensive weapons and are sometimes used to capture prey but typically cannot harm humans.