Earwig Problem Solved!

Thank you to everyone who left suggestions on my Bloody Bugs post. I read all the suggestions and tried the easiest solution first.

You will be happy to know that the prize goes to BevB for suggesting to have a look at Scarecrow’s Garden. However, it wasn’t Scarecrow’s post where I got the solution, mainly because I didn’t have any recycled tyre weeping hose. It was one of the comments attached to that post where I found this idea. Vegetable OIL! (click to enlarge picture)

You see, I have found that the little blighter’s just cannot resist the smell of vegetable oil, in this case olive oil, and go to have a drink and don’t come out of the salsa jar which is buried in the bed up to the neck (photo courtesy of Kate). In one night I have caught 52 earwigs in a single garden bed with no further damage to the rock melons and pumpkins. Unfortunately, I hadn’t set traps in the cucumber or broccoli beds, so they suffered the wraith of the wig! But tonight, I get my revenge. With two more traps in each bed, I will soon have the numbers down to a manageable level!

If you have an infestation of earwigs, give it a go. The photo is a testament to this methods success!

“Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of justice. Injuries are revenged; crimes are avenged.”
Samuel Johnson (English Poet, Critic and Writer. 1709-1784)


  1. Anonymous says

    Thanks for sharing this info – very helpful. Please keep us informed of anything else that kills ‘bloody bugs’ that you find works! Cheers.

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