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Garden Pests... Earwigs

These are familiar insects in the garden they are brown, around 15mm long with pincers on their rear and they can attack Dahlias, Chrysanthemum, Clematis and other plants and crops by damaging foliage and flowers from May onwards. However these are also a valuable insect and can be of benefit to the gardener as they feed on aphids, small insects, insect eggs and garden debris. So when dealing with earwigs traps maybe a better option rather than pesticides.

Earwigs are night feeders so during the day they hide in damp sheltered crevices so placing damp rolled up newspaper, small cardboard boxes or empty toilet roll tubes around the area where damaged plants have been spotted will trap the earwigs during the day.

Another trap that is useful uses plant pots that are stuffed with hay or straw and are placed on top of garden canes and placed around the garden again the earwigs will shelter in the pots during the day where they can be removed.

If pesticides are used avoid spraying the flowers as this can endanger any pollinators, spray at dusk with Bayers greenfly killer or sprays that contain the ingredient Deltamethrin.


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"A familiar garden insect that is both beneficial and a nuisance in the garden they will help control a range of garden pests."