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alternatives to pesticides - bugs/pests - earwigs

                                  earwigs
                            Actual size: 3/8” – 5/8”

Earwigs are brown, beetle-like insects distinguished by a pair of long pincers at the tail end. Earwigs are scavengers of decaying matter and predators of insect eggs and larvae, slug eggs, snails and other slow moving bugs. They are nocturnal feeders, spending the day under bark, stones and garden trash. They occasionally feed on foliage, flowers and other parts of many plants, including dahlias, zinnias, corn, hollyhock, lettuce, strawberries, celery, potatoes, seedling beans and beets. They usually come into the house only as transients and won’t stay unless there is plant material for them to eat.

Physical control
Bamboo or Damp
- Rolled up newspapersSet sections of bamboo or damp rolled up newspapers horizontally through the garden or flower beds. Check the traps early each morning and dump the insects into a bucket of soapy water.
Tuna Cans - Empty tuna cans containing 1/2” of vegetable oil also attract and drown earwigs.

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