Earwigs are small insects which feed on human hair. They are not harmful to humans but they do cause annoyance if left unattended. You may have heard about the use of diatomaceous earth (DE) as a natural insecticide against these pests. DE kills all kinds of bugs including earworms and other types of fleas, ants, termites, spiders and many others. It is used in the kitchen and garden because it works well at killing them all.
How To Get Rid Of Earwigs In Garden?
The first thing you need to do is to check your garden regularly so that there aren’t any new ones coming out. If you don’t see anything, then you can just leave them alone and they will eventually die off naturally. If you do see something, then you must kill them immediately.
You can easily buy DE from most home improvement stores or online. You can also make your own using baking soda and water.
Just mix one part baking soda with three parts water and let it sit overnight before using it again. Use this mixture every time you want to get rid of earwigs in the garden.
DIY flowerpot earwig traps are another way to get rid of these pests in the garden. You can make these traps at home with common household items.
You may have to place several traps around the garden, especially if you have a large one. Here is how to make a flowerpot earwig trap.
Get yourself an old pot that has no drainage holes at the bottom (this is the trap). Next, get an old plastic bottle with the bottom cut off.
The bottom of this will be the funnel. Use duct tape or glue to keep the two pieces together and make sure the edges are sealed well so that no earwigs can crawl out. Next, place the trap in the centre of your garden, being careful not to lean it against any plants.
Add some pet food or canned tuna at the bottom of the trap but don’t overfill it. Make sure the pet food or tuna is covered with the baking soda and water mixture so that the earwigs will readily go inside to eat it.
Check your trap every day or two and repeat the steps if necessary.
Spraying DE on your plants won’t do much in terms of killing the earwigs themselves, however, it will kill any eggs they might lay on the plants. This will help to keep new ones from infesting your garden in the future.
Earwigs can easily be killed with a regular insecticide. This method is only recommended if you don’t have any kind of moral objection to it and you only plan on getting rid of the ones in your home.
You should also combine this method with earwig traps to get rid of them completely from your garden.
Make sure you always read and follow the instructions and safety precautions listed on the insecticide you choose to use. Spray all plants, including fruits and vegetables with the insecticide.
Also spray along the base of your house walls to keep them from coming inside.
Now that you know how to get rid of earwigs naturally, all that’s left to do is choose which method is the best one for you and your family or garden. Be safe and have fun getting rid of these annoying pests once and for all!
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Earwigs are not known to carry any human diseases or pests. They do not bite people and are not known to transmit any plant diseases either.
You should be able to get rid of earwigs without needing to worry about anything else.
If you don’t want to get rid of earwigs completely, you can always just limit them to one small area of your garden. This can be accomplished by caging off an area or building a raised garden.
Earwigs are not great at climbing, so if the plants you want to grow are higher than the rest, they will not climb up to eat your leaves or flowers.
Keeping earwigs out of your house is fairly simple, especially if you know what they look like. Check your door sweeps and window frames for any cracks or holes earwigs might be able to get through.
If you’re still finding them inside, try putting weather stripping along the base of your windows and doors. They also have special tape that you can use to completely seal the gap around your door frame.
Earwigs will go after anything that is wet, so dry off your plants every day. You can also spray them with a light mist of water to help keep the earwigs away.
Finally, you can use old socks or pantyhose to wrap around your plants. The earwigs will get inside and won’t be able to get out. You can throw them away when you notice there are some trapped inside.
Aphids are the small, wingless insects that feed on plants. They come in a variety of colors, but all of them have soft bodies that are partially segmented.
The ones that like to attack your garden are usually green or brown and frequently appear “covered” in dust.
When aphids attack your plants, they suck out the juices inside. This will cause your leaves to curl up and turn brown.
They also leave a sweet, sticky substance known as “honeydew” on everything they feed on. This serves as a food source for other insects like ants.
Getting rid of aphids is fairly simple, since they are so small and go after your plants when they’re young. The best way to get rid of them is to spray your garden early every morning before the sun gets too high in the sky.
Pay extra attention to any new growth that has formed overnight.
The second method involves getting a special kind of pesticide known as “insecticidal soap.” This can be purchased at any garden supply store, and comes in a variety of different strengths.
It kills aphids on contact, so all you have to do is spray your plants every couple of days.
If you are growing beans, cabbage, melons or cucumbers, you will need to take extra care to prevent aphids. These plants are known as “host plants,” meaning the aphids reproduce on them especially quickly.
Look at the undersides of your leaves and you’ll see clusters of eggs and little black bugs. These are aphids’ eggs and young. If you don’t get rid of these, you’ll have a whole new infestation in no time at all.
One way you can prevent aphids from attacking your plants is by introducing lacewing eggs or ladybugs to your garden. These are natural predators that will eat your aphid population for you.
You can also buy aphid-eating worms from the store to do the job.
If you don’t want to introduce more bugs to your garden, there are other ways of getting rid of aphids naturally. One way is by taking a spray bottle full of hot water and hosing them off your plants.
It’s important not to use soap, since the sticky honeydew will just attract more aphids.
You can also buy a cup of coffee, let it cool and then pour it on your plants. The caffeine in the coffee will kill aphids on contact.
Just be sure not to use more than one cup of coffee per every four-inch pot your plant is in or you might damage its roots.
Beetles are the second-most common garden pest after aphids. They come in many different species and colors.
The most well known kind is the ladybug, which is part of the thousands of species in the order “Coleoptera.” These dome-shaped beetles are recognized by their bright colors and their habit of eating aphids.
In fact, that’s the main thing that you’ll see them doing in your garden. If you want to encourage ladybugs to come to your garden, plant some alliums like onions or garlic.
Another kind is the Japanese beetle, which is easy to recognize by its metallic-green exterior. It has also been known to eat your plants.
If you want to get rid of them, you can take a cup of apple pieces and soak them in water for at least four days. Strain the liquid and let it cool. Then spray your plants every couple of days. This will kill the beetles on contact.
The final kind of beetle you might find in your garden is the June bug. These are also known as “stag beetles” and are recognizable by their large mandibles.
They mostly eat decaying matter, so you probably won’t have to worry about them eating your plants, but if they do, try sprinkling your plants with cayenne pepper. This will irritate their legs and they will quickly move on to another food source.
The last pest I’ll talk about is slugs and snails. It is almost impossible to get rid of these without professional help or harsh chemicals that could hurt your plants.
The best way to prevent them is by putting sand, gravel or crushed corn between the rows in your garden.
This will help to provide an obstacle for them to crawl over. You can also buy a special barrier that does the same thing.
If you find they’ve already made it to your garden, check your plants daily and get rid of the shells that you find at the base of the plant.
As you can see, it takes a lot of work and dedication to keep pests away from your garden. If you have the time and patience for this job, then by all means, grow a garden!
If not, there are always the store-bought vegetables and fruits.
Say once you’ve taken care of all these pests, you’re left with a bountiful harvest of hearty vegetables and fruits.
Well, first you need to make sure they don’t go to waste. Can them or pickle them to extend their shelf life so you don’t have to worry about using them right away.
If you choose to can them, you’ll need a pressure canner and jars. To find out how to can your food in a jar, search “home canning” in your favorite search engine.
Pickling them is just as easy; all you need is the right ingredients, a large pot and some glass jars.
Now comes the hard part: waiting for your delicious pickles and fruits to be ready! In the meantime, you can start planning your garden for next year.
If you don’t want to start from scratch, you can always take what you’ve learned so far and use it next year. Make a list of what’s growing well for you and what’s not.
Take notes on when you plant your seeds and when you should harvest your fruits and vegetables.
Since you probably have more than enough to eat now, you can give some of your harvest to friends and family. They’ll love you for it!
Gardening may not be the easiest thing to do, but the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor will be worth all the work you put into it. Happy growing!
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