Using a pot container as a trap to protect plants flowers from earwigs

How to make earwig traps

Earwigs nibbling your plants? Find out how to create a harmless earwig trap so you can move them.

Do it:

All year round

Takes just:

15 minutes

At its best:

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

While they are great aphid eaters, earwigs also devour young shoots and in midsummer will feed on the petals of your prize blooms, especially dahlias.

A simple straw trap, made from a plastic pot and placed on top of a cane, allows you to collect them and move them elsewhere. You can also use this method to attract earwigs to plants that you'd like them to remain on. 

Discover how to make earwig traps in just three steps, below.

You will need

String or twine


Plastic pot



Wind some string around the upper part of the cane a few times to stop the pot slipping down once it’s balanced on top.
Earwigs like a bit of moisture, so stuff the pot with plenty of dampened straw, and fill it well to stop it all falling out.
Place the cane in your border. Press the pot upside down over the cane at a similar height to the flowers you want to protect.


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