There are a lot of earwigs around this year or so it seems. Typical in a year when I had decided to grow more dahlias than usual but I guess the earwigs must have known that and got on with early breeding.
Facts about Earwigs
- Earwigs chew on live shoots, flowers or decaying vegetation and like damp secluded conditions.
- In my garden they do most noticeable damage on Chrysanthemums and Dahlias.
- Earwigs are attracted to lights when they move around at dusk and nighttime.
- Females lay between 30 and 50 small, round, translucent eggs.
Some Control Tips
- Good housekeeping, dry areas and removing leaf litter restricts an earwigs desired living conditions
- Placing hollow canes around dahlias act as a trap as can grass clippings or mulch removed regularly
- Soapy water sprays or chemical formulas can reduce infestations