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Jean Wyenberg

Hi again Linda

I cannot believe how many earwigs I have this year. They are eating everything and getting into everything. Do you have a non toxic way to deal with these guys?

Friday 19 August 2011 10:55:57 am

Linda Gilkeson

Hi Jean,
Depending what is being eaten, there are a couple of strategies:
earwigs like to hide in cosy quarters so scrunching up balls of newspaper and putting them in flower pots or similar containers attracts them overnight. Turn over each pot and set it on the ground in among the plants being attacked. In the early morning, take a pail of soapy water out to the garden, pick up each trap pot and shake out the newspaper over the bucket. The earwigs will drown, you can replace the paper and reset the trap. This reduces their numbers over time.
For potted plants, set the pots up on 'pot feet' or small rocks to make a larger space under the pot--this is less attractive to earwigs than narrower cracks and fewer will get into potted plants.
Earwigs eat a variety of foods, from tender leaves and blossoms to aphids and insect eggs--so they do have a good side!
Happy hunting,

Monday 22 August 2011 12:09:48 pm