Good morning! I have a wonderful compost pile that is just finished breaking down so my husband and I sifted it yesteday to start using. Once again (this is my second pile to be ready and sifted for use) I saw a TON of these nasty looking bugs. Did some research this morning and discovered they are earwigs. So my question is...are they harmful to my garden. I know they are good in the compost (from what I've read) but once I sift there is no way to separate them out so they end up in my raised beds and planters. Will they hurt my herbs and veggies? So far I haven't seen any damamge from them that I can tell. Sure, some basil has holes and my brussels were demolished by cabbage worms...but overall I'm not seeing major damage to anything. Will they just leave the garden because they aren't in the ideal envornment of my compost pile anymore? When we were sifting them I noticed a BUNCH of them were climbing up the sides of the wheelbarrow and jumping ship.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!