For several months I've been getting rid of the usual two or three located around the inner edges of the hive top cover. I can get rid of them for a week period by Q-tipping a very dilute solution of clove bud oil and alcohol in the areas where they are seen. The oil evaporates after several days and the cycle begins again. Is there any problem with having these earwigs?

Earwig larvae appear to be the insect that can be found underneath pollen patties- at least that's what I surmise. By the rapid speed that these earwigs mature I can only guess that the eggs were already in the patty when placed in the hive. These days my patties are placed on top of a screen "table" which earwigs avoid.