Earwig Control On Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Fox River Grove, IL
Question by mslrfrg
June 16, 2002
I have a big problem with earwigs eating the vegetation and flowers in my garden. They are nocturnal. What can I safely use to discourage/kill them before they destroy everything? I've tried diazanon, sevin, moth balls. The diazanon wilted the plant, sevin powder looks bad, moth balls didn't work at all. Help!! And thanks.


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Answer from NGA
June 16, 2002

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chemical control for this garden pest, but a dust should not be so visible if applied correctly, meaning very lightly, with a duster applicator made for the purpose. This would be a less toxic control than diazinon (an outdated chemical being phased out of use by the government) and mothballs are simply not recommended for garden use. If you use carbaryl (the ingredient in Sevin) or any chemical control as a last resort, be sure to read and carefully follow the label instructions and cautions.

I would suggest, since the problem seems to be extreme, that you also consult with your county extension for suggestions as to what to do to prevent them from possibly entering adjacent buildings such as your house or garage since they will sometimes come in through a basement or along a slab foundation. Your county extension should also be able to advise you of the most up to date chemical controls recommended in your state if the other methods are not working for you. chemical control for this garden pest, but a dust should not be so visible if applied correctly, meaning very lightly, with a duster applicator made for the purpose. This would be a less toxic control than diazinon (an outdated chemical being phased out of use by the government) and mothballs are simply not recommended for garden use. If you use carbaryl (the ingredient in Sevin) or any chemical control as a last resort, be sure to read and carefully follow the label instructions and cautions.

I would suggest, since the problem seems to be extreme, that you also consult with your county extension for suggestions as to what to do to prevent them from possibly entering adjacent buildings such as your house or garage since they will sometimes come in through a basement or along a slab foundation. Your county extension should also be able to advise you of the most up to date chemical controls recommended in your state if the other methods are not working for you.

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