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Post  jennzee on 7/7/2010, 6:09 pm

This is my second year doing SFG (or any type of gardening, for that matter). I didn't get much harvest last year, other than learning a ton. This year is going better, but I've hit earwig season, which is one of the things that took me down last year. We have a TON of earwigs. I set out some traps (rolled newspaper...total fail. little cans of vegetable oil...worked great) but when I go out at night to check things, my plants are still covered with the little buggers. My traps are quite full in the morning, but I fear that the earwigs are only going for a swim after they've had their fill of my plants. Any suggestions for what to try next? All of my boxes are raised up off the ground, if that makes a difference. We're headed out of town next week and I fear that my garden will be devastated after several days of me not being there to tend to it unless I can get this under control in the next few days.

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Post  Megan on 7/7/2010, 6:14 pm

UGH. I hate earwigs... and I have them too. I will try the little cans of oil. (I seem to have lots of little dishes... borax sugar water, beer... now oil!)
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Post  camprn on 7/7/2010, 6:19 pm

It seems a bumper year for the earwigs as well as a lot of other pests. I suspect them in the chomping of the previously remarkable basil. Rolling Eyes
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Post  silverbug on 7/7/2010, 7:30 pm

It's been a HARDcore bug season. There was a HUGE earwig that crawled out of my daughter's left over birthday cake. EWWWW. Needless to say, I dumped it in the trash along with mr. mack daddy earwig. My garden...it's being devoured. I can't get too upset because I have not done any real pest control. I feel like the broccoli is a loss, regardless at this point, and it seems like they've sort of slowed down enough for me to get on top of it in a couple days. It's depressing me though, like it's a losing battle.

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Post  Megan on 7/7/2010, 8:00 pm

I'm about ready to give up and try the Neem oil. We just found egg casings all over several types of plants. Sad
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Post  aliciazim on 7/7/2010, 8:02 pm

I tried neem oil and did not have the luck others seem to have had.

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Post  Megan on 7/7/2010, 8:04 pm

I'm going to try to start picking bugs, but I don't know that I can keep up with it. The big vining plants are starting to grow into each other. It's not an impenetrable jungle yet, but it's getting that way.... Shocked
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Post  jennzee on 7/7/2010, 8:06 pm

I've been using a neem oil product for the last 3 weeks to help control aphids and leafhoppers (and it's done a satisfactory job) but it hasn't seemed to have any affect on the earwigs.

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Post  Megan on 7/7/2010, 8:12 pm

I'm not sure how big an earwig problem we have, destruction-wise, but just tonight I found striped cucumber beetles. Agggghhh!!!
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Post  aliciazim on 7/7/2010, 8:29 pm

I have the dreaded striped cuke beetle too, but oddly enough, he seems to like the eggplant better than the cukes. I have never seen him on the cucumber leaves! Neem oil has NOT worked for me. The pests are out in force!

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Post  Megan on 7/7/2010, 8:37 pm

They are leaving my cukes alone, so far as I can tell, but they are on my Zucchino!
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Post  Lavender Debs on 7/7/2010, 9:13 pm

Ug, I had them in my beans. The cans of tuna oil and bacon grease in water are working, much less dammage. Catching lots of ants too. Good hunting to you.
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Post  Megan on 7/7/2010, 9:28 pm

*Envisioning the cat(s) who are raiding her catnip, getting into the tuna oil* Oh, this ought to be interesting! Rolling Eyes
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Post  Lavender Debs on 7/7/2010, 9:32 pm

@Megan wrote:*Envisioning the cat(s) who are raiding her catnip, getting into the tuna oil* Oh, this ought to be interesting! Rolling Eyes
Bacon greese and terriers.... but the boys like that I need some bacon drippings at night.
Deborah.... getting a little sick of tuna salad
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Post  Megan on 7/7/2010, 9:35 pm

@Lavender Debs wrote:
Bacon greese and terriers.... but the boys like that I need some bacon drippings at night.
Deborah.... getting a little sick of tuna salad

Ander has a FINE recipe for skillet cornbread which uses bacon drippings. We had some last night (and the rest for breakfast!) Oh, wait... that uses up bacon drippings, doesn't produce them. Nevermind....
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Post  auntij on 7/7/2010, 9:56 pm

diatomaceous earth seems to be helping with my earwigs (and arch enemy). I still have them but they are slowing down. It is worth trying and covers many bases.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 7/8/2010, 10:45 am

I use Sluggo Plus for snails, slugs, earwigs, etc.
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Post  SFG in Chicago on 7/11/2010, 4:50 pm

I've had a few earwigs but not too many so far. I had never seen these things in FL so they're new to me and I hate them! LOL. Insecticidal soap seems to kill them for me. For those that are using DE, where are you finding it? Thanks.

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Post  Megan on 7/11/2010, 4:58 pm

@SFG in Chicago wrote:I've had a few earwigs but not too many so far. I had never seen these things in FL so they're new to me and I hate them! LOL. Insecticidal soap seems to kill them for me. For those that are using DE, where are you finding it? Thanks.

I got my DE in a feed/supply store... and I had to ask around a bit even then, because the first person I asked had no idea what I was talking about. Good luck!
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