artichoke - Knowledgebase Question

el dorado hills, Ca
Question by joanne69
April 19, 2010
Can you wrap something like cheese cloth around an artichoke flower to keep earwigs out?

Answer from NGA
April 19, 2010


Your idea might work, but I think trapping the earwigs is a solution to the problem. Earwigs are one of those semi-good guys that sometimes become a nuisance (kind of like moles). Although they occasionally chomp on our flowers, they also have the habit of chomping on aphids and certain pest larvae. You can trap earwigs by laying dampened newspapers in the garden beneath your artichoke plants. 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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