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Post  RJARPCGP on 8/3/2020, 12:30 am

Our new property, has an earwig problem, albeit none of my family members complained about any of them in any of the gardens, IIRC.
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Post  Dan in Ct on 8/3/2020, 7:58 am

I think earwigs are one of those insects that just look as though it should be bad but are as beneficial as they are detrimental. Here I have never seen evidence of anything they eaten or have created a negative impact. I look at them as adding biodiversity to The Crazy Half Acre. But with everything too much of anything is not necessarily a good thing. Here is a factsheet from UConn Extension:

http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu/FactSheets/earwigs.php
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Post  OhioGardener on 8/3/2020, 8:09 am

You generally don't need to be too concerned about earwigs in the gardens, RJARPCGP, unless you notice them eating young seedlings.  If you do start seeing damage on young seedlings, which can be done by Sowbugs or Earwigs, simply apply diatomaceous earth on the soil all around the seedlings to protect them. Once the seedlings have matured a little, they are not bothered.

Earwigs tend to live in damp places, such a wood piles or brush piles. They will also be happy under damp mulch in the gardens, though.

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Post  RJARPCGP on 8/3/2020, 11:41 am

The problems are mostly in our house. This year, I was hunting for them on the ground-floor.
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Post  OhioGardener on 8/3/2020, 2:52 pm

@RJARPCGP wrote:The problems are mostly in our house. This year, I was hunting for them on the ground-floor.

Dust along the edges of the baseboard where it meets the floor with diatomaceous earth. As they crawl across it, it will eliminate them.

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