Earwigs prefer to feed on living or dead plants and insects. They will occasionally damage cultivated plant life, and the European earwig will sometimes damage flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees, and ornamental shrubs. Furthermore, earwigs have been found feeding on the honey of beehives.
Not an important vector of human disease.
Earwig bites can be painful; however, they are not venomous and do not carry infectious disease. Red-legged earwigs are capable of leaving minor abrasions on the skin.