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    • oozle1989
    • By oozle1989 18th Jul 19, 12:08 PM
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    Earwigs 18th Jul 19 at 12:08 PM
    Has anyone had or have experience of getting rid of earwigs in your garden?

    I went into the garden the other night to find 100's of the blasted things all over my plants.

    We spent years battling slugs/snail infestations and have only just managed to get on top of that, only to now have a new pest devouring our garden.

    Absolutely gutted
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 18th Jul 19, 12:49 PM
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    earwigs are mixed blessing. They can be trapped in upturned flower pots on sticks, but AFAIK a general spray & kill the lot product does not exist

    I think you will need to protect your most precious plants, dahlias are one victim that springs to mind
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 18th Jul 19, 2:20 PM
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    Unless you are producing prize blooms for shows, earwigs are not usually a major issue. We have them and I don't notice if they do damage or not, but I suspect their numbers are contained by other creatures, like birds.

    If your garden is 'infested,' it's possibly because the natural ecosystem that puts a brake on population explosions is broken.

    There's no quick fix.
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    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 18th Jul 19, 3:18 PM
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    Can't imagine why they would be a problem, aren't they beneficial?

    Follow Monty's advice and leave out the chemicals and let everything find a natural balance
    • bugfriendlygardener
    • By bugfriendlygardener 19th Jul 19, 10:28 AM
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    • 19th Jul 19, 10:28 AM
    Buy a copy of Dave Goulson's new book, "The Garden Jungle". Just read the part on Earwigs. They are such a good predator in apple orchards that some growers collect them from gardens and introduce them - having lost their original populations due to pesticide use. I'm a pro-gardener and owned my present ,no chemical, garden for 26 years and so I'm sure I have a balanced ecosystem in my garden. Most non 'green' gardeners are just LOOKING for problems. "Devouring your garden" - really?
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