I was having absolutely no issues with pests in my hops until the last week and a half. It has gotten very warm (85-90) in Chicagoland, and I started noticing large almost dime size chunks missing from my hop leaves. Then I went out to check on them yesterday and captured some of the culprits.
They turned out to be Earwigs, and I went to the store and bought an insecticide (Safer brand Bug Patrol / Active ingredients are; pyrethrins, potassium salts of fatty acids, and other ingredients).
I had used a home made detergent / water mixture and sprayed that on my hops 2 days ago, but they began to wilt so I discontinued my usage of that. However, the bugs are still present.
My questions are what to do to get rid of these critters without hurting the hops? And do you think the wilting of my hops is from the very warm weather or from my usage of the detergent mixture? Also is the usage of this kind of insecticide a good or bad idea to deal with my bug problem?
I have Cascades and Centennials going, and the dish soap was a basic dawn unscented. Thanks for your help and Cheers!