European Earwigs Fact Sheet
Published: 1 Nov 2013
Earwigs in the medium and high rainfall zonesEuropean earwigs have emerged as a pest of increasing significance in the past five to ten years as a result
of changes in farming practices.
- Minimum and no-till farming practices have been linked to an increase in earwig populations.
- Earwigs attack mainly canola but also cereals, lupins and some legume crops.
- Not all earwig species are pests – some are beneficial for integrated pest management.
- Monitoring for earwigs should occur at night as they are nocturnal.
- Minimise the risk of introducing earwigs to a property by ensuring all machinery, vehicles and equipment are clean.
- Reducing stubble retention and decreasing refuges are likely to be the most effective strategies for managing populations.
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GRDC Project Code CSE00054
Region South, North
Region: South; North
GRDC Project Code: CSE00054
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