These little critters leave small round holes or notches in leaves and flower petals and tend to be active at night, so you might want to do a night patrol with a torch to hunt them out.
of pa th ea ot Empty them in the morning before they're on the move - and you may want to relocate hem where you have an invasion of aphids, as earwigs
eat aphids as well.
Dahlias have two main enemies - slugs and earwigs
. Slugs can munch their way through an entire plant overnight - at any time of year.
Tilling also kills ants, earthworms, night crawlers, earwigs
, beetles and all kinds of underground critters, and it disrupts the soil ecosystem.
from damaging flower petals, young seedlings, and certain fruits by keeping the garden clean of weeds and dead foliage.
Entomological Notes: European Earwigs
. Penn State-College of Agricultural Sciences, State College, Pennsylvania.
However, if the margins of leaves are eaten or if clear open holes exist, the damage may have been caused by beetles, either Oriental or Asiatic garden beetles, or earwigs
. These creatures hide in plant debris or in the soil during the day and come out at night to feed.
will fall from laundry fresh off the line, and mosquitoes
cause the kind of damage you have as they are nocturnal and chew the young leaves at night.
The common earwigs
, Forficula auricularia were attacked by a tachinid fly, Triarthria.
Tent-dwelling Geoff, of Ashstead, Surrey, has also battled heavy rain, midges, earwigs
and flying ants.Wife Elena, 46, has pleaded with him to quit.