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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:37 am    Post subject: Earwigs? Reply with quote

I saw an earwig in my hive today. This is the first time that I have seen this, and there was only one. Should I worry? Will the bees take care of him? Actually, I did it for them, but can these be a chronic problem? What do I do if they are?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have read that earwigs will eat just about anything organic, which includes honey from hives. I doubt that one earwig is a problem. I have also read that diatomaceous earth will act as a barrier for these buggers. I don't know about the bees chasing them out or not.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never found them a problem in conventional box hives.
I often find them under the roof but yet to see one on comb,
sure honey bees are able to deal with them if they need to.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Earwigs (along with woodlice) have to be among the commonest and most widespread and versatile creatures on Earth. Lift a rock or a piece of dead wood just about anywhere and you will find a hundred of them. I find them in roofs all the time, and occasionally inside a hive, but they don't seem to bother the bees so I ignore them.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ditto! Nothing to worry about. Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the article where I read about Earwigs raiding beehives from Department of Entomology, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

The reference is in the third paragraph.

http://vvv.caes.state.ct.us/FactSheetFiles/Entomology/fsen015f.htm

"They (earwigs) also have been observed raiding honey from honeybee hives."

Again, one earwig is probably nothing to worry about.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. We will be watching for them, but so far we have only seen the one, so we won't worry about it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have lots in my tbh, I have just evicted about 30 and put them in the chicken coop to, hopefully, deal with my red mite infestation.

I read somewhere that they are quite partial to varroa too. Anyone else know that to be true?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never seen them eat Varroa, but I bet they do! Earwigs eat pretty much anything. I see them in every hive and just let them get on with whatever they are doing. If they were a problem for bees, they would be evicted.
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