How to Rid my Yard of Earwigs

LandscapingSince acquiring a new home on Kangaroo Island I have been keen to establish a vegetable garden.

It’s a WIP as I am building the chicken run first. It will include egg- and poo-collection containers that can be easily extracted and returned. Currently I am seeking 120 bricks – clinkers, pavers, building, other – to construct the main structure. I was hoping for a drill-auger for Father’s Day to dig all the post-holes, but it looks like I will have to buy that for myself!

I have recently discovered our house is home to the earwig convention of 2020!

So I have temporarily changed direction to extensively clear foliage and organic matter away from the main buildings.

Then I will plant many natives along the borders and fruit-trees sporadically across the block to reduce the amount of grass I have to mow.

They will bring native birds, bugs and bees to our yard – and they will eat the earwigs.

Originally I was only going to compile a list of birds and native plants, but then I realised I should share.

Blue Wren Hunting Lunch1. Bird-life on Kangaroo Island:

Extra – Wildlife Parks on Kangaroo Island

2. Four Suggestions to Rid the yard of Earwigs!

Mint in a Bucket

  • Set up an earwig trap using a clear plastic takeaway food containers (with lids):
    • tip about 3–4mm of pure linseed oil into the bottom of each,
    • punch several 5mm holes in the side of containers (above the level of the oil, but below the lid) and position these traps in the mulch around the plants being attacked by earwigs.
    • Check the traps each morning to be amazed how many earwigs are captured!
    • Empty the traps (into compost bin), refill, and re-position for an earwig-free existence.
  • Place a dish of vegetable oil, buried up to the rim, near seedlings.
    They love it, but isn’t good for them.
  • Place a half-bottle of beer on its side where they are most active.
    They will drink it, but it kills them. Finally, I can buy beer for a valid reason!
  • Clean up any detritus and junk around the yard, and create a diverse garden.
    Let the chooks scratch about in the garden regularly. WIP

Extracted from: https://www.sgaonline.org.au/earwigs

My next article will include flora and foliage to attract native birds into our backyard.

Photo featured: From my flickr gallery.

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