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Mine has seen a few. This year doesn’t appear quite as bad as previous but still, there are some insects that are doing a little munching.
Earwigs, namely. They don’t necessarily do a lot of damage but they are frightful looking!
It’s the pincers that do me in! I found a product that’s safe to use even in your vegetable garden. It’s called Sluggo Plus. It’s a blend of iron phosphate, a natural soil element, and spinosad, which is derived from a naturally occurring soil dwelling bacteria. Sluggo Plus is compressed into easy-to-use bait pellets. You scatter the product on the soil around or near plants the plants you want protected. You can also toss it around your garden perimeter to reduce migration from moist and shady areas where pests take daytime refuge. Not only does this stuff kill earwigs but it also puts the bite on cutworms, sowbugs aka pillbugs, slugs & snails. btw, plain Sluggo does NOT work on earwigs. Another caveat I learned from research is to use the granular form, not the liquid.
Here’s another completely organic way to deal with earwigs, roll up some wetted newspaper and when the offending bugs are taking themselves to shade during the day inside the newspaper, you scoop it up and toss in the trash.
There still seems to be some debate on the toxicity of spinosad, however, I found an article from the University of Connecticut that basically says, “don’t worry”. Spinosad is also said to take out cabbage looper and other vegetable garden nemeses.
You could also try Monterey Garden Insect Spray. This also contains spinosad. They claim it kills broadleaf weeds too. Check your local garden center and also peruse the web. You may find the product cheaper online, depending on how much shipping you have to pay.