The name "earwig" is thought to come from the mistaken belief that this insect likes to crawl into and hide in the ears of sleeping people. Earwigs are harmless and do not bite people, although some larger species can pinch. Most earwigs are not considered important pests. Earwigs— like cockroaches—have been transported throughout the world by ships and in cargo. They will cause damage in gardens by feeding on flowers and leaves. Sometimes earwigs are helpful because they eat other insects and mites that are harmful to plants. Occasionally, large numbers of earwigs may invade homes, but they cause little harm. Still, many people waste time and money trying to control earwigs.
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