Dark brown European earwigs with pincers on
Description of Damage
chew leaves leaving holes
feeds at night, manly on decaying matter but in large numbers could cause damage.
flowers, seedlings, corn silk, tender
Floating row cover destroy infested plants use
A good trap/attractant is as follows: in a bowel place small apple
vinegar. Attracts, replace with new mixture. try different types like wine,
etc. reduce food supply by controlling weeds
A sample formula for spraying: in a quart water filled near to top add:
5 drops Tabasco sauce
1 drop Dr. Bronners peppermint soap or any natural soap
2 drops garlic oil or crushed or bought spray on leaves and directly on bug.
test for strength to avoid damage to plants.
Pyrethrium can be dusted around the plants. avoid beneficials be pest specific
A good dust mixture is: 1 part Pyrethrium 1 part Garden Grade DE 1 part alfalfa
meal 1/8 part cayenne pepper dust around plants and under leaves, don't water for 24 hrs
avoid beneficials, be pest specific
Do not use soaps that are
chemically made or that have strange chemical additives or preservatives. Instead use only
natural soap, either citrus or peppermint based are best but try herbal soaps. Use only a
very small amount of soap and use only when necessary.