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By Alextb

London, England Eng

I can cope with most insects that I encounter in the garden, but one that I really don't like is earwigs.

Are they harmful to plants and if so, how can I control them?

I have found some in potsa nd lifted one pot and a whole load ran out from underneath.

Thanks in advance.



I had a plague of these a few years back now, but not since. You'll have to do what my old dad used to do (he was an exhibition dahlia grower). In his case, he'd have an empty pot full of straw upside down on a cane next to the dahlia plants - you need to leave about empty pots with straw or similar inside them - they'll hide in there, and every morning you have to have a bucket of water, and upend the pots over the bucket so the earwigs fall into the water. I can't remember how much straw he got through, because obviously it all gets wet from ending up in the bucket...

26 May, 2011


There are insecticides which do kill them if you are into using poison. I can just about manage to deal with them in the garden, but in the house way, that is a job for the boss.
Rats, mice, bees,wasps, burglars no trouble but earwigs...........shudder.

26 May, 2011


My dad use to poor boiling water on them, but I do remember the upturned pots too and it does work. Lucky me has never had them

26 May, 2011


Thanks for the information.

26 May, 2011


Although earwigs can damage plants, they also eat small pests and their eggs, including aphids and codling moths, which attack apple and pear trees, whilst I don't like them if it is a toss up between them and vine weevils... I know which one I'll accept.

26 May, 2011

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