Earwigs - Knowledgebase Question

Aurora, Co
Question by wearerueffs
March 20, 2009
How can I prevent earwigs from eating my vegetables?


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Answer from NGA
March 20, 2009

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Earwigs are one of those semi-good guys that sometimes become a nuisance (kind of like moles). Although they occasionally chomp on our flowers and veggies, they also have the habit of chomping on aphids and certain pest larvae. You can trap earwigs by laying dampened newspapers in the garden. Earwigs will crawl into the folds to hide and in the morning you can gather up the papers, earwigs and all, and destroy them. Or, you can make traps out of tuna or cat food cans, fill with about an inch of water, and float a quarter inch of vegetable oil on top. The earwigs will be attracted to the oil, crawl in and drown. Empty the cans as needed.

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