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Squash bugs and earwigs

 
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I can use tips on controlling earwigs. We have always had problems with them but they are really eating crap and it's bothering me.

Also, have a squash bug problem that had a fun solution. We are spider people, we like em. So the plant that had the big squash bug issue also had a tunnel spider at the base. So I was casually picking them off and throwing them into the web. That was an incredibly happy spider. I tried getting pics but he was so fast zooming out and grabbing them that I didn't manage it.
 
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Why not ducks? They're great at eating these bugs and converting them to yummy eggs and meat, plus they are comical and fun to observe and
relaxing to be around. Ours don't bother mature garden plants (though we do cover early seedlings/starts with row cover after losing an entire row of cilantro
before you could say "holy salsa")!

For earwigs, we leave rolled up newspaper out overnight to attract them, then open the roll and offer to the ducks who will gobble them up quickly.
Or shake out the bugs onto the surface of the ducks water for Earwig Soup (a duck favorite).
 
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Jeanne Wallace wrote:Why not ducks? They're great at eating these bugs and converting them to yummy eggs and meat, plus they are comical and fun to observe and
relaxing to be around. Ours don't bother mature garden plants (though we do cover early seedlings/starts with row cover after losing an entire row of cilantro
before you could say "holy salsa")!

For earwigs, we leave rolled up newspaper out overnight to attract them, then open the roll and offer to the ducks who will gobble them up quickly.
Or shake out the bugs onto the surface of the ducks water for Earwig Soup (a duck favorite).




Ducks I have. Unfortunately I do fence off my gardens because otherwise the other birds (turkeys and chickens) eat them.
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I'll try newspaper but I have an awful lot of area to cover.
 
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Earwigs are awful here too this year. I'm talking "shaking out all my shoes before I put them on" level emergency gross. But the duck feed bill is negligible. I can't decide whether to hope my tomatoes ripen or we get a freeze.
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