Friday, November 27, 2009
I have had two enquiries this week about controlling earwigs. “Why? They’re predators, they control the other bugs.” However, it appears that they are omnivores so while they will eat bugs they will also munch on garden plants in the right conditions.
My personal preference is to maintain a population of Earwigs to control other critters. There are times however when the Earwig population explodes so first remove their refuges; sheets of metal, timber or bark that provide a cool, moist environment during the day. Then if you need to “manage” the population try trapping, apparently the ideal bait for Earwigs is Tuna. I certainly don’t think chemical controls should be necessary. Anyway if you have any Earwig tips to share, please let me know.