How to Get Rid of Earwigs in Your Garden
Spring showers will bring May flowers, but the warm, moist season can also attract pests like earwigs into your garden. Earwigs are small, brown bugs with large pincers on their tails that can wreak havoc in your garden, leaving your beautiful flowers and plants full of holes. And you may not even seen them do their damage.
These pests are nocturnal, feeding at night and hiding out during the day. Earwigs love damp, sheltered places such as mulched garden beds and under potted plants. They will eat just everything in the garden, but they seem to have a big appetite for hollyhock, dahlias, marigolds, roses and zinnias.
That being said, earwigs are generally harmless; a few earwigs can be beneficial to your garden, as they prey on other garden pests, like aphids, snails and slugs. But when they eat everything in sight, that's a problem!
When earwigs become a pest, here are some solutions to get rid of them from your garden:
- Start by clearing out the mulch from the affected area to let the soil dry out a bit. You only have to do this temporarily until the earwigs move on.
- Throw out damp newspapers and wet leaves left on your garden, especially after a rainy day.
- Make a newspaper trap; roll up a newspaper and secure with rubber band or tape, get the newspaper wet, but not soggy. Leave overnight to trap the earwigs.
- Place shallow tin cans filled with vegetable oil around your yard to attract earwigs and drown them.
- Attract natural earwig predators like birds to
your yard; install birdhouses and birdbaths to draw birds into your garden.
- If you absolutely must, use an insecticide labelled for crawling insects. Apply in the evening.
If you have a problem with earwigs, hopefully one of these solutions will work for you.
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