This family of earwigs contains a number of species which are considered to be effective predators of insect pests and are actively used in biological control programs. For example Forficula auricularia is regarded as a useful predator of aphids, scale insects and mites in orchards, although it can also cause some damage to fruits.
The species of Forficulidae have a bilobed 2nd tarsal segment. The 10th abdominal segment is well developed but 11th tergum is usually very small or absent.
The following genera are currently entered under this family: