Earwigs are just awful this year, and eating absolutely everything in sight, especially marigolds and hostas. They’re even in my (Bonnie’s) basement and gross me out. This morning Bev found one crawling around in her lunch box. Eeww, eeww, eeww! If you have a gross earwig story, we would love to hear from you. Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and make the subject ‘My Gross Earwig’. Our employees will decide whose is the grossest, and the winner will receive a free sack of Bug and Slug[pdf] control.
We’re being inundated with phone calls about plants being eaten by something, usually slugs and earwigs, and what should folks do? Fortunately we have an answer for you. Espoma makes a super product called Earth Tone Bug and Slug. It’s the only bug and slug killer which can be used on and around lawns, vegetables, fruits, ornamentals and greenhouses. It will control cutworms, earwigs, sowbugs, pill bugs, slugs and snails and can be used for organic gardening. You simply scatter it on the soil around or next to the plants to be protected. If the ground is dry, wet it before applying the bait. It works best in moist soil with little or no standing water. It lures earwigs, slugs and snails from their hiding places on your plants. Ingestion of even a small amount will cause them to cease feeding immediately.