I'm at Seattle. Recently, I found holes on our bell pepper even when it's small.enter image description here. Any ideas on what caused it? There're also some holes on leaves too, but not a lot. Shall I buy some oil or insect killer? Thanks

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    They look like insect damage, I would think if it's a critter, the damage would be greater. It cold just be bugs that come and go
    – Huangism
    Aug 13, 2020 at 15:29

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That looks like earwig damage (they like to hide in dark, damp places). They aren't really eating the peppers, but using them as temporary homes. There are a number of different ways to deal with earwigs. Although I usually just ignore them, the newspaper trap works well if they become a problem in my yard.

The newspaper trap is simple: roll up a piece of newspaper into a tube or bunch it together like a sausage, wet it enough to make it damp, then put it into the garden at the end of the day. The earwigs (active at night) will hide in the dark and damp newspaper as dawn approaches. In the morning, either place the paper into a bucket of water or dispose of it in your garbage.

For your peppers, you could put the trap at the base of the plant and then remove in the morning. Note that you'll probably have to repeat this for a number of nights in order to make a dent in the earwig population, Here's a ton of information about earwigs, including other methods of removing them from your garden.

  • not sure if I was lucky or unlucky, nothing captured :P Aug 14, 2020 at 17:38
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    If you have daylilies blooming, you may see earwigs inside the flower, hunkered down near the base with their pincers up. I'd try the paper trap again, especially if it hasn't rained for a few days.
    – Jurp
    Aug 14, 2020 at 19:57

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