Photo by Sankax — Earwig
Mix of haiku, dialog, and prose about earwigs 3 minutes click above.

Wonders of earwigs

Her cries ring when she finds them–

In folds of white sheets.


Earwigs drown in oil

Dog finds, drink the bugs and fat–

Tongue touch– wet nose smiles on.


Snow is thawing; the creek is running very high; it’s so noisy I can hear the rushing water one hundred yards away.  My neighbor calls and asks, “Are you thinking about the earwigs?”

“Yes, I am –will it be another earwig year?”

“If we have a wet spring—you can count on it.”

The dread of earwig invasion. 

This is how they are outside:

Under all the flower pots, inside the cracks of the decking, hiding in the crevices of stone comprising the outside farmhouse walls, hiding inside the cap of the hummingbird feeder (how did they climb the tree, travel out on the limb, and crawl down the foot long s-hanger, and wedge themselves under the cap. This is the wonder of the earwigs. And thousands of them.

The damage they do.

They hide during the day and come out at night to eat flower buds and much of the green parts of the flowers. Young springtime flowers are especially vulnerable to earwig attack, so those lovely flats of yellow marigolds and tender purple petunias you bought at the nursery–become swiss cheese works in short order.  It’s painful to see the plants eaten alive like this, and vegetable gardeners have their own earwig tales of young-starts devastation.

Inside the house:

Imagine this. Earwigs behind the picture frames, under the soap dish, wedged in the door jambs, stuffed inside the hinges of the cabinets, inside the inner fold of the wet washcloth hanging in the bathroom.  And, I have to vacuum them up.  Then I dump them in a field away from the house.


Takes a storm to kill

an earwig or a flower–

Inside, out –earthly hearts shake.

By A-Woven-Basket

6 replies on “Earwigs”

Is there something we could plant that would deter them so they would move away? I don’t like them, but I don’t know how to get rid of them. My strawberries seem to be a favorite.


Hi Rymmel– my sense is we have to live with them. I decided I would put out flowers later in the season, and if I started from seed, I would start in my small greenhouse and then put them out once they were large enough to withstand the earwigs. We will see if I can follow through with this plan… when I want to see my flowers outside in pots.


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