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Date: 6/9/13 3:20 PM

I am completely overrun with earwigs yet again this year.I have lost 6-8 broccoli from them eating them to the ground. A few others are skeletonized but still alive. Everytime I pull weeds I see several hundred babies. I just cut a 2ft section of lettuce (4 lbs or so) & must have killed close to 100 in the very strong salt water bath. I am on the 3rd wash & still getting floaters.Lots of aphids too. The only good thing is no slugs. A very large striped garden spider is running around my kitchen as it was too frightened to try to get back outside.
Is there anything semifood safe that kills these things?? They are also eating holes in the strawberries which will also get the saltwater treatment when washed.

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Date: 6/9/13 9:01 PM

I like spiders and snakes but I hate earwigs. Hate hate hate hate.

Earwigs hate soapy water. I mix one part dishwashing liquid to ten parts water in a spray or squirt bottle and then apply directly to the infestation.

I found this trap on YouTube but haven't tried it myself.

Ugh. Ugh. Hate earwigs.

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Date: 6/9/13 10:20 PM

I had horrible earwigs one year, and put out empty cat food tins with a little oil/water in the bottom. There would be dozens of dead earwigs in each can in the morning. If nothing else, it was very satisfying....

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Date: 6/9/13 11:21 PM

Earwigs. YUCK.

They've stripped just 2 tomato plants and 3 parsley plants and partly stripped many other plants and that's in only 2 days....

A neighbor said her mother used epsom salts on the ground around some plants. I'm still trying to figure out if that's safe for the soil/plants.

I put a large tomato can (no bottom/top) around a tomato plant and sprinkled some epsom salts inside the ring and put that tangle trap sticky stuff around the rim. So far I've caught a lot of other bugs in the tangle stuff, but no earwigs. But the leaves are starting to reappear on the tomato plant.
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Date: 6/9/13 11:27 PM

You could try diatomaceous earth (food grade only), but you do have to reapply it if it gets wet. You could also try trapping them with cardboard tubes filled with straw and taped shut at one end. Then in the morning, you drop the whole trap into soapy water. If you've mulched your garden, you might want to rethink that. I stopped using mulch and it's really helped to control the slugs.

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Date: 6/10/13 2:03 AM

Our soil is already so alkaline that adding salt would be disastrous.

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Date: 6/10/13 11:37 AM

Epsom salts is not the same as table salt. Epsom salts is mostly magnesium...something, table salt is almost all sodium cloride.

Epsom salts would be safer to use, but I imagine you could overdo it. Some people put epsom salt on their asparagus as a fertilizer every year.

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Date: 6/10/13 1:28 PM

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A neighbor said her mother used epsom salts on the ground around some plants. I'm still trying to figure out if that's safe for the soil/plants.
Yes! Most definitely! And great for tomatoes! It's the best thing for magnesium building, as it increases calcium intake and makes better fruit. As well as prevents blossom end rot.
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Date: 6/10/13 1:35 PM

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Is there anything semifood safe that kills these things??
Citrus oil such as orange oil spray, any botanical oil.

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Date: 6/10/13 7:31 PM

Oooooooh. My bad.

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