Make an Earwig Hotel with Dave Goulson!

Dave Goulson of the University of Sussex shares his love of this beastie with BHOGG members

Earwigs are much maligned, often regarded as pests for occasionally nibbling at blooms. In fact we should be encouraging these fascinating little beasts as they are voracious predators of aphids and other small pest insects, particularly in fruit trees. A scientific study once found that a healthy earwig population in an orchard can achieve the same level of pest control as three rounds of insecticide sprays. What’s more, they show parental care, and the males have two penises – what’s not to love?

In this YouTube video I demonstrate how to make a very simple shelter for them, that actually works!

To take part in a “citizen science” experiment on earwig hotel design, go here. For more garden wildlife tips, and some quirky recipes from Dave Goulson, visit his YouTube site.

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