Earwigs in the Hive

Just for the record, August in earwig month in Newfoundland. More and more of them are showing up under the top covers of our hives.

Some earwigs eat only plants and aren’t a problem for beekeepers. Other types of earwigs will feed on larvae and other protein rich goodies in the hive. I’m not sure what kind we have in Newfoundland, but to be safe, I squish them whenever I find them, which is just about every time I open a hive these days.

2 thoughts on “Earwigs in the Hive

  1. We in central Utah, USA, get earwigs all over during the summer, especially coming into the house at sunset. We spray around the doors with slightly diluted white vinegar, nightly, to prevent it, and it seems to work fairly well. The vinegar would probably bother the bees as much as it does the earwigs, so perhaps that’s no help.

  2. I’ve been seeing a ton of earwigs lately too, right on top of the inner cover. I always figured they were fairly harmless; I didn’t know that some of them eat larvae! The wasps are hanging around more lately too…

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