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Get Rid Of Earwigs in Your Garden

Get rid of earwigs in your garden naturally.

Get rid of earwigs in your garden.

Although these creepy looking insects do have some beneficial characteristics in the garden, like eating aphids and maggots, but once there is an earwig infestation, they will also eat your flowers, vegetables and plants.

Because of the beneficial aspects of earwigs, I would recommend that until they start eating your flowers and plants, I would leave them alone. They do help keep a natural balance in your garden.

Once they do become a problem, getting rid of earwigs is easy enough to do but you do have to be persistent until you can get them under control.

During the day you will find them hiding in damp locations like under rocks or in wood piles as eating wood is also in their diet.


Get Rid Of Earwigs Naturally

Earwig control in your garden.

The easiest way to get rid of earwigs is to place a shallow container like a tuna can or a cream cheese container, in your garden buried half way to make it easier for the earwigs to enter and fill it with a mixture of vegetable or olive oil and soy sauce. Earwigs are attracted to the soy sauce and will climb in and the oil keeps them from getting out.

  • If you have a dog or cat that you don’t want to get into the oil, you can put holes in the top of a covered container and punch holes in the lid big enough for the earwigs to enter so your pets don’t disturb it.

Make a bird friendly garden as the birds will prey on earwigs. Toads will also eat the earwigs.

Make a short “tunnel” for the earwigs to crawl into during the day. This can be made out of damp newspaper, about a one foot piece if garden hose, or something similar in shape. In the morning you can shake the pests into a soapy mixture and they will die.

There are other ways to get rid of earwigs like using a vinegar and water mixture or an alcohol and water mixture and spraying it directly on the earwigs.

And there are always chemicals you can try but I like to stay away from them.

Getting rid of earwigs in your garden isn't hard to do but you do need to be persistent if you want to control them.

Getting rid of earwigs in your garden

Interesting Facts About Earwigs

  • Their pincers are used in mating to tell the difference between male and female, whereas the male’s pincers are long and curved and the females are short and straight.
  • According to Farmers Almanac, earwigs get their name because the back legs are shaped like a human ear.
  • Earwigs have wings and can fly but rarely do.
  • It’s only a myth that earwigs will burrow in through your ear and cause any damage.
  • Earwigs use their pincers as a protective defence and also to catch their prey.

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