Pest Control, Perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Cheyenne, Wy
Question by trefrenmille
April 23, 2008
Last Year we moved into a townhouse that had no plants or bushes. I make a flower bed, planted clematis, cosmos and a couple of flowering bushes. I placed mulch around the plants help keep moist. To my dismay, earwigs are enjoying the new foliage and flowers before I get a chance.
I tried placing a tuna can fill with oil to get rid of them. That is way too messy.
I tried placing wet newspapers out during the night and picking them up in the morning. The earwigs were to smart for that.
I cleaned the excess mulch away...

I'm running out of ideas. Do you have any ideas?

Answer from NGA
April 23, 2008


You're right, earwigs do like cool, shady spots to hide out, which makes mulching a tricky proposition. Sounds as though you've tried all thee non-chemical solutions so if you'd rather use a pesticide, Orthene is effective against earwigs and won't harm your plants when applied according to label direcitons.

Best wishes with your garden!

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