The Q&A Archives: Sowbugs

Question: Do sowbugs eat your vegetable plants?

Answer: Sowbugs generally dine on decaying organic matter in the soil or in mulch material. They may attack living plant parts, but only if the sowbug population is so high that there's competition for food. Earwigs, caterpillars and beetles regularly feast on vegetable plants, so perhaps that's what's causing damage to your veggies. You can place traps of moistened, rolled up newspaper among your vegetable plants to catch earwigs and sowbugs. They tend to hide in dark, moist areas during the day. Just pick up the newspaper rolls every morning and toss them (and the insect pests) into the garbage. Replace the rolled newspaper traps in the early evening. Repeat as necessary until you've lowered the population of sowbugs and/or earwigs in your garden.

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