How do I keep earwigs out of the garden?

I’m a novice gardener, and I’ve been trying to grow swiss chard and kale in my tiny Santa Ana backyard. Last night, I noticed something horrifying, though—there are earwigs gnawing holes in my leaves! How do I keep earwigs out of my garden?

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Answer provided by
Shannon Fitzgerald
Answered on Jun 01, 2022
Growing your own vegetables (in a tiny Santa Ana backyard) is a highly respectable endeavor—kudos to you! We definitely don’t want earwigs to gnaw on your parade, though. Here are a few tips on how to keep earwigs out of the garden:
  • Reduce or eliminate moisture (as much as you can without hurting your garden)
  • Put a “moat” of dry dirt, sand, or gravel around your garden beds (earwigs tend to only travel in moist soil, so this can hinder them)
  • Set earwig traps by wetting rolled up newspaper and leaving it out overnight, then burning, bleaching, or boiling the roll in the morning (earwigs will crawl into it overnight)
You can also use pesticides as a last resort—however, note that pesticides will also kill helpful insects like ladybugs and bees.
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