Question: How do I keep the earwigs out of my peppers using organic methods? Every single one of my peppers this year has an earwig hole.

Answer: Earwigs love shady, moist areas and will often hide under plants or in mulch in the garden. Generally they eat the organic matter on the soil surface, but if there are enough of them, earwigs will feed on plants such as your peppers. To reduce the number of earwigs in your garden next year, consider growing peppers in raised beds, and spacing the plants further apart. This will create fewer hiding places for these creatures. You can also make a safe bait by rolling up damp newspaper and placing it in the garden where the earwigs are present. They will be attracted to hide in the newspaper at night, and in the morning you can safely remove the paper--with the earwigs hiding inside--without ever having to touch them.