Here in the south, we actually get more than one planting season which I really enjoy. Now that the heat of summer has finally passed I can start putting in a few cool weather plants again. Things like leafy greens and fresh herbs, maybe some broccoli or cauliflower. I still have a few plants growing in the garden from summer and can occasionally go out and harvest some potatoes or carrots when I am in the mood. One of the things that bugs me most about gardening is trying to outsmart the bugs without resorting to chemicals. Sometimes the bugs win but sometimes I win so I keep plugging away at my attempts at organic gardening. My least favorite garden pest is the earwig and having an earwig trap out by my plants is an absolute must. What is an earwig, you ask? Check these little buggers out:
If you have earwigs in the garden you can easily make your own earwig trap with a few simple supplies you have laying around the house. Earwigs are mostly nocturnal and like to hide in small, moist crevices during the day. They are active at night, feeding on a wide variety of insects and plants. In order to trap these little buggers and get them out of your garden you need to give them a small, moist little crevice to hide in besides your leafy lettuce plants!
All you need are the following supplies for your earwig trap:
- water bottle
- duct tap, elastic bands or some other means of securing your earwig trap.
Cut a section of newspaper into 4 pieces. You want the ‘edge’ on one side and the paper fanned out a bit on the other as shown in the picture above. Spray the paper lightly with water. You want your earwig trap damp but not actually WET. Now, just loosely roll your newspaper up. You want plenty of nooks and crannies in there. I rolled a few of the papers individually, then rolled them all up together, sort of folding it over on itself. You want the width to be about as big as that of a garden hose.
Easy DIY Earwig Trap for Your Garden!
Next you just need to put your earwig trap out into the garden. Since earwigs are most active at night you should put your damp earwig trap at the base of your plant around dusk. In the morning just take your earwig traps and throw them into a plastic bag and tie it up tight before throwing them in the trash. If you are feeling humane you can let your new friends go in an area far, FAR away from your garden but I am not particularly sympathetic to my garden pests!