Answer: Earwigs can get to be a nuisance, especially if your soil is wet and there are many places for them to hide. The first step in controlling them is to remove mulch, boards and any other place where they can hide. They like wet soils and dark places. Plant flowers further apart and cultivate the soil regularly to keep it dry. Set up a trap of 1" of vegetable oil in an empty tuna fish can sunk into the soil to trap and kill them.You can also try spraying a mix of cayenne pepper, garlic and soap on the plants to create a bad tasting environment. Mix 2 teaspoons pepper, a few cloves of garlic and a few drops of liquid soap. Blend it together in a quart of water, strain and spray.
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