LEARNING TO LIVE WITH EARWIGS- omnivorous, with a wide range of favorites: when there is nothing organic to break down and no insects to eat, they turn to plants, such as dahlia, rose, clematis, zinnia, coneflower and sunflower blooms, lettuce, beet and celery leaves, and also seedlings, including young bean plants, even the silk of corn.

LEARNING TO LIVE WITH EARWIGS- omnivorous, with a wide range of favorites: when there is nothing organic to break down and no insects to eat, they turn to plants, such as dahlia, rose, clematis, zinnia, coneflower and sunflower blooms, lettuce, beet and celery leaves, and also seedlings, including young bean plants, even the silk of corn.

Everything You Need to Know About Controlling Earwigs and Why They're Good Guys in the Garden

Everything You Need to Know About Controlling Earwigs and Why They're Good Guys in the Garden

Common earwig, or European earwig (Forficula auricularia)

Common earwig, or European earwig (Forficula auricularia)

Adult pear sawfly / pear slug (Hymenoptera) found on a rose leaf

Adult pear sawfly / pear slug (Hymenoptera) found on a rose leaf

Although usually considered a beneficial insect in the garden, large populations of earwigs can result in significant damage to garden plants. Their presence in large numbers can also be a bit unsettling. Here are some ways to keep their population in check.

Although usually considered a beneficial insect in the garden, large populations of earwigs can result in significant damage to garden plants. Their presence in large numbers can also be a bit unsettling. Here are some ways to keep their population in check.

Keep your eyes peeled for these insects and spiders in your garden—they may be tiny but they’re doing big work.

Keep your eyes peeled for these insects and spiders in your garden—they may be tiny but they’re doing big work.

Win Over Native Bees with These 5 Hospitality Secrets - Photo by Johnny N. Dell/Bugwood.org (HobbyFarms.com)

Win Over Native Bees with These 5 Hospitality Secrets - Photo by Johnny N. Dell/Bugwood.org (HobbyFarms.com)

Assassin bug. This site has a lot of pics of beneficials for your garden. So don't squish 'em!

Assassin bug. This site has a lot of pics of beneficials for your garden. So don't squish 'em!

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