Earwigs – Getting Rid of Them

Q: How can I rid my yard of earwigs? They are at my house by the thousands.

A: Earwigs mostly feed on plant debris but if numbers build large enough they will consume living plants. The damage isn’t considered major, so there rarely a reason to control them outdoors. If you find a few in your house, treat the mulch near doorways with insecticide. Since they prefer moist environments, be sure to fix dripping outdoor faucets and damp spots near your downspout. Trap them outdoors in an oatmeal box. Leave a teaspoon of oatmeal in the box and punch several holes in the side with a pencil. Cover with a small sheet of plastic to prevent water damage. Check it daily and shake captured insects into a container of soapy water.

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