Earwigs feed on live or dead plants and/or insects. At times they damage cultivated plants. The European earwig occasionally damages vegetables, flowers, fruits, ornamental shrubs, and trees, and has been recorded as feeding on honey in beehives.
Not an important vector of human disease.
The bite of an earwig can be painful, but they are not venomous and do not transfer diseases. Red-legged earwigs have been reported to cause minor skin abrasions in humans.