"Pre-emergence" application for earwigs?

Asked January 30, 2016, 11:13 AM EST

I saw the article regarding preventing summer annual weeds in the newspaper this morning, and am wondering if there is anything I could do, or spray, to deter earwigs in my garden? I battle them every year, put out cans of oil, and go out after dark daily to pick them off the plants (and crush them). Any ideas?

Washoe County Nevada

1 Response

Unfortunately, there are no pre-emergence insecticides, insecticides that will keep eggs from hatching. Here is an article from University of Nevada Cooperative Extension https://www.unce.unr.edu/publications/files/ho/2001/fs0141.pdf and a second article from UC Davis IPM that discusses control strategies. http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74102.html