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earwigs by mike mcgroarty

Post by tree68 on August 5th 2008, 1:55 am

Controlling Earwigs in Your Garden and Yard


Earwigs are unwelcome guests in most everyone's garden or
home. These " long, reddish brown insects look particularly
formidable, with their rear pincers and quick movements.
Earwigs can damage your plants, but they rarely bite people.
Their name comes from an old European superstition that
these nocturnal insects will crawl into the ears, and then
into the brains, of people while they sleep. (Remember the
chilling scene from the movie "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan"?
Creepy, but pure fiction!)

Earwigs are native to Europe and were accidentally introduced
to the US in the early part of the 20th Century. Since then,
the population has spread quickly across the country.

Earwigs overwinter and lay their eggs in the soil. They hide
during the day and come out at night to feed on insects and
plants. Earwigs will eat aphids, mites, fleas and the eggs of
other insects. But for most folks, the bad habits of earwigs
outweigh the good. They'll also feed on a variety of
flowering plants and hostas, along with some garden vegetables.
They'll hide under well caps, inside electrical outlets and
any other dark place they can crawl into.

To control earwigs, some experts suggest removing possible
hiding places from your yard to create a dry, sunny environment
that earwigs will avoid. But if a dry, sunny yard is not your
cup of tea, there are chemical and organic methods for
controlling the nasty beasties.

Sevin and some other chemical insecticides will kill earwigs.
Ask your local garden center what they have available for
earwig control, and follow the directions on the package.
Insecticidal soaps kill earwigs on contact, and should be
sprayed in the evening when the earwigs are active.

You can also trap earwigs by placing damp, rolled up newspapers
overnight in the areas they frequent. Gather the newspapers
in the morning and shake out any earwigs into a bucket of
soapy water. If earwigs get inside your house, just vacuum
them up. They come inside to find a hiding place, but they
do not breed indoors.

(more personal stuff about Mike and Pam)
http://www.freeplants.com/stuff.htm

Have a great week!
-Mike McGroarty

P.S. The message board is here:
http://www.network54.com/Forum/519353/
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