Everyone has seen an earwig. They are everywhere from Aachen to Zyryanka! They are one of the oldest insects on our planet. They haven’t evolved a lot except to become smaller. They will run toward you which makes you think they are aggressive but in reality they are running for the closest dark place to hide, like under your shoe!
- Earwigs are about 1 inch long (2.5 cm) with a hard, reddish brown shell and pinchers at the tail end.
- They don’t bite but the pinchers on their tails can give a nasty pinch if they get trapped under you.
- If your plants are getting chewed to pieces and the roots are shredded then there may be earwigs in your garden.
- Flip over a rock or some mulch and if you see a bunch of them scurrying away then you definitely have an earwig problem.
- Use a floating row cover to keep your plants safe underneath. Lay it early in the season before earwigs start to get out and roam.
You can make an earwig trap using empty margarine tubs or pop cans.
- Half-fill the margarine tub or soft drink can with the used, soapy dishwater.
- Turn it on its side and bury the trap halfway in a shady spot in your garden or around the yard.
- If you are allowed, use flat beer instead and your traps will also catch slugs.
- After a couple of days empty and refill the trap with used dishwater or beer.
- Alternately, you can mix ¼ teaspoon (2 ml) dish washing soap to 3 cups (1 L) ofin a spray bottle.
- Squirt the earwigs with the mixture when you find them hiding in damp places and under rocks.
If you have a severe problem with earwigs try this non-chemical method:
- Put a damp, rolled up newspaper in the garden each night.
- This will attract hundreds of earwigs in a heavily infested area.
- In the morning, dump the newspaper into a large bucket of hot, soapyto kill the earwigs.
- Dispose of the wet newspaper in your compost pile.