I wonder if we are thinking about the same insect. The insect that I call an earwig looks pretty vicious but I have never had a string, pinch or otherwise.I've seen this thread before, and the general consensus was that they are harmless, but have painful sting.
Yes, it is a common earwig.That's not an earwig - that's a PINCHERBUG!
OBVIOUSLY you were never a kid! It is, indeed, a pincherbug! Ask any kid.Yes, it is a common earwig.
I find them in and around my hives routinely, no issue, and not dangerous. The article above highlights that the pinchers aren't really harmful. Though it also mentions a foul-smelling defense discharge, something I've not experienced. All in all, I don't worry about them.
Thanks for saving me, I remember someone saying something about them being defensive and causing pain. I see them once in a while inside the inner covers, but the bees pay them no attention, so I do the same.I've called those earwigs since I was a kid. They do pinch, hurts worse than a bee sting in my opinion. I've only ever seen those on top of the inner cover.
Well, I learned something today; thanks! I had no idea that they could actually inflict pain (I grew up calling them pincherbugs, too). I do see them in my hives, usually above the inner cover, but they seem not to pose a problem. What has happened this year is that they took over every one of my traps. There were hundreds of them in each and every trap, even those that were well elevated off of the ground. They poured out like a thick, dark liquid, there were so many of them. But, there was no damage to frames or comb. They seemed to have piled together in the darkest corner. So, it seems that without bees they can take over, but with bees they are only found at low levels.Thanks for saving me, I remember someone saying something about them being defensive and causing pain. I see them once in a while inside the inner covers, but the bees pay them no attention, so I do the same.
Do earwigs eat SHB larva? If so might they also eat honey bee larva?This post suggests that earwigs may eat SHBs. After reading this, I leave the earwigs alone.