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Tue Aug 20, 2013, 07:09 PM

 

Earwigs in my corn :(

Dammit.. we had some nice corn coming in, and my wife pointed out to me that there were earwigs setting up camp in the leaves.. closer inspection leads me to believe they've made their way into the ears as well... so not cool.. I just sprayed the lot down with a dish soap solution, but I fear it's probably too late.. I also have some squash, beans and peppers in that area of the garden, and I'm hoping against hope that those'll be safe.

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Reply Earwigs in my corn :( (Original post)
opiate69 Aug 2013 OP
Mr.Bill Aug 2013 #1
CrispyQ Aug 2013 #2
Mr.Bill Aug 2013 #3
CrispyQ Aug 2013 #7
Mr.Bill Aug 2013 #8
opiate69 Aug 2013 #5
Curmudgeoness Aug 2013 #4
mopinko Aug 2013 #6

Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Tue Aug 20, 2013, 07:16 PM

1. There's usually earwigs in my Artichokes.

They don't seem to do any harm. I'm not sure, but I thought they eat other insects.

Just did some googling. They eat insects and plants. Here's some good info on getting rid of them.

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Earwigs

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 20, 2013, 07:24 PM

2. Thank you! They have had a feast with my basil. -nt

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 20, 2013, 07:27 PM

3. I grow lots of Basil

and never saw them there. I do have a unique situation in my garden, though. I have a huge amount of lizards and frogs that generally control the insects. We always see a few earwigs in the Artichokes, probably because the reptiles can't get to them in there.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 07:36 AM

7. We used to have a lot of toads in our area.

Until recently, I hadn't seen one in over a decade. Then one day, my cat was plastered against the basement window & lo & behold, there was a little toad stuck in there, hopping away, trying to get out. I rescued him & put him in our backyard. It was heartening to see one after so many years.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #7)

Wed Aug 21, 2013, 11:20 AM

8. My little dogs chase them around my yard.

But they don't know what to do with them once the catch them.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 20, 2013, 07:37 PM

5. Yeah... that was one of the sites I saw when I was googling.. some intersting ideas...

 

I might try the tuna can trap, I just question whether it'd attract them away from the buffet they're already gorging on...

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Tue Aug 20, 2013, 07:31 PM

4. Oh, I hate earwigs!

They really do a lot of damage. I often find that they bore into my peppers but at least I can salvage the peppers by cutting away the parts that are eaten. I have never grown corn, but it sounds like a perfect place for them to hide and feast. Sorry I have no help for you.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Tue Aug 20, 2013, 07:55 PM

6. they'll eat the silks.

you wont get pollination. then they'll eat the tender parts of the ear.
they are why i don't grow corn.

eta- i am sure there a lot of diy traps out there. they are quite stupid.

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