Want to control earwigs in your garden? Early summer is earwig time, and earwigs are often misunderstood and under-appreciated. While they do some damage to leaves and seedlings, usually because there is not much else for them to eat in a well cultivated garden. We often inadvertently create lots of hiding places for earwigs near our plants so their numbers may go up around our seedlings. But earwigs are not all bad. On the plus side they are good at suppressing aphids. The main rap against the European earwig is the one that they look a little fierce with their pincers in back which are harmless to people.
People also fear the old wives’s tale (and scary science fiction) that they crawl into ears, which they do not. On the other hand, they do make a nuisance of themselves by hiding in any little crack they can find and in some pretty unusual places. There are a number of ways to control earwigs without spraying.
- place rolled up newspapers at night in the garden, then dispose into the garbage in the morning
- place a small container, such as a tuna fish can, outside with a little vegetable oil in it and empty it in the morning
I hope these tips help you manage earwigs around your house. Do you have tips of your own? Please leave a comment and let me know how these ideas for controlling earwigs worked for you.