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What is this bug and could it be eating my basil?

Posted by celiaanne PA (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 30, 10 at 14:19


I have a window box with basil and parsley. The parsley is fine, but something is eating my basil. This happened last year and I tried everything I could think of, including Captain Jack's solution. Nothing worked. Some pictures of my basil are attached.

I have had the bugs shown on the attached pictures for quite a few years (on my porch), but I don't know what they are. Just wondering if anyone can identify them for me. Maybe they are the basil culprits.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bugs and Basil

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RE: What is this bug and could it be eating my basil?

  • Posted by hortster 6A, southcentral KS (My Page) on
    Wed, Jun 30, 10 at 16:26

Some type of earwig? Don't know if they affect basil.

RE: What is this bug and could it be eating my basil?

Thanks, hortster. I'll google earwig and see.

There are just so many of them and they hang out under the window boxes.

Anyone else know what they might be for sure??


RE: What is this bug and could it be eating my basil?

Yep, if the earwig population is high, they will one hundred percent damage tender plants.

They thrive in locations that are rich in organic matter (peat, mulch, leaf litter, etc.) and moist. Do something to change the environment and you may not be troubled so much by the earwigs.

You can also keep some food grade diatomaceous earth sprinkled on the surface of the soil.

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