Asked on May 15, 2017

How do I get rid of earwigs in my flower beds?

Nancy TurnerSue LillyHillela G.


Each summer the clematis and other perinneal plants fall victim to earwigs which chew the edges of the leaves during the night. Is there a home-made solution I can apply to the soil to eliminate the earwigs without hurting the tender plants?
3 answers
  • Hillela G.
    on May 15, 2017

    Lay one-foot sections of bamboo or garden hose in the beds between your plants. Check these “traps” each morning, and dump the earwigs into a bucket of soapy water. Spread petroleum jelly around the stems of your plants. Earwigs won't crawl over it.

  • Sue Lilly
    on May 16, 2017

    White vinegar
  • Nancy Turner
    on May 16, 2017

    I hope the vinegar is to drop the earwigs into, the vinegar would kill the plant.
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