Hop-European earwig

Forficula auricularia

Pest description and crop damage Mature forms are about 0.6 inch long and light to dark brown. They are identified easily by the strong, movable, forceps-like cerci at the posterior tip of the abdomen. They don't damage plants, but their presence can contaminate harvested crops.

Management-chemical control

  • pyrethrins/azadirachtin (Azera) at 0.013 to 0.0044 lb ai/a azadirachtin/0.014 to 0.048 lb ai/a pyrethrins. PHI 0 days. REI 12 hr. Apply when pest populations first appear. Reapply every 5-7 days as needed up to 10 times per season. Do not apply more than 0.050 lb ai/a pyrethrins per season. Some formulations are OMRI-listed for organic use. Group 3A insecticide.