Earwig Garden Trap

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You have seen lots of fun gardening projects the last few weeks as the wheather warms up and the sun stays out longer. But with that it also means we have had some unwelcome intruders visit our garden as of late- earwigs!!! These little devils are munching on what was gorgeous kale, artichokes and lettuce. Sad day!! It's time to put a stop to this- but organically. This little trap worked so well and is so easy!!
photos by:
Anya McInroy
First cut three half circles around the sides of the container about 3 inches up the side. You want to make sure the holes are not too low because then the liquid will pour out.
Next add 1/4 cup soy sauce and 3/4 cup vegetable oil.
Place out in soil and make sure the soil it right up to the holes, making for the perfect entry for the earwigs. Leave for a few days and before you know it...
Ewww but yay all at the same time!!

Happy gardening!


Suggested materials:
  • Plastic container (yogurt, cottage cheese, etc)
  • Scissors
  • Vegetable oil
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  • Ellen Ellen on May 28, 2016
    I imagine the oil would drown the insects, but what is the soy sauce for?

  • Penny Penny on May 30, 2016
    Anyone know how to get rid of chipmunks?? We are over-run by them and they are digging holes and eating everything.

  • Ileana Castro Ileana Castro on Oct 21, 2019

    Can this be used in side of the home as well?

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  • Marilyn Marilyn on May 30, 2016
    Thanks for the great tip!

  • DORLIS DORLIS on May 31, 2016
    Long before i worry about slugs, I am dealing with coons knocking over every pot I put out on my deck. I have watched them, they are not destructive, just amble along sniffing and knocking all the smaller pots over. Every morning I have to repot.