01 Jan What Are Earwigs?
Earwigs are insects that belong to the order Dermaptera. They are small, nocturnal insects that are commonly found in gardens and other outdoor areas. Earwigs are known for their distinctive, pincer-like appendages on their abdomen, which they use for defense and to capture prey. In general, earwigs are not considered to be major pests, but they can occasionally damage crops and gardens if their populations become too large. In South Florida, earwigs may be found in outdoor areas where there is a moist, cool environment, such as in gardens or under piles of leaves or debris. If you are experiencing a problem with earwigs in your garden or home, there are several steps you can take to control their populations, including removing their hiding places, using traps or insecticides, and sealing any cracks or openings that may provide access to your home.
If you are looking to control earwigs in a natural and organic way, here are a few options to consider:
- Remove their hiding places: Earwigs often seek shelter in cool, moist areas, so removing any piles of leaves, debris, or other potential hiding places can help to reduce their numbers.
- Use traps: One effective way to control earwigs is to use traps to capture them. A simple trap can be made by rolling a newspaper into a cylinder and securing it with a rubber band. Place the trap in an area where earwigs are active and check it regularly to remove any captured insects.
- Use nematodes: Nematodes are tiny worms that can be used to control earwigs and other pests. They are applied to the soil and seek out earwigs, infecting them with bacteria that kill the insects.
- Use diatomaceous earth: Diatomaceous earth is a natural, non-toxic substance that can be used to control earwigs and other pests. It is made from the fossilized remains of tiny aquatic organisms and has a abrasive texture that can damage the exoskeletons of insects.
- Plant repellent plants: Certain plants, such as dill, fennel, and wormwood, are known to repel earwigs and other pests. Planting these around the perimeter of your garden or in pots near potential entry points can help to keep earwigs away.
Remember to always follow the instructions on any pest control product you use and take steps to protect yourself and your family from exposure to chemicals.