Earwigs are among the most easily recognized insects in the home and landscape. They are abundant throughout Texas and can be a nuisance when they invade houses. Although earwigs rarely harm people, the insects’ large, pincer-like appendages, called forceps, can appear formidable. Some earwig species emit a foul-smelling, yellowish brown liquid from their scent glands, but the most common complaint against the earwig is its presence in homes and apartments. Publication E-213 at Texas AgriLife Bookstore explains the biology and habits of earwigs and offers three ways to control them: sanitation, mechanical means and chemical methods.