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How To Get Rid of Earwigs in Your Garden (the Hosta Pest From Hell)

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Every year my Hostas end up looking like Swiss cheese. Why? Earwigs from HELL!!

Earwigs are nocturnal insects. They come out at night to feast on your plants. Pinchers allow them to punch holes in the plants so they can voraciously consume the tenderest bits of your prized perennials. During the day they hide in moist, tight crevices.

Watch the below video which we shot when I was visiting P. Allen Smith and his team at the Garden Home Retreat rose garden to see how a simple page of newspaper can solve your earwig infestation – –

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Shawna Coronado demonstrates a quick tip on how to get rid of earwig infestation in your garden.

*Note – Because the FTC requires it, I am noting that P. Allen Smith and his amazing team paid for this trip and Garden2Blog experience for all attendees – he flew 20 of the best garden bloggers in the nation in to have the experience. We were not told what to document or how to document the experience, we were simply asked to attend – anything expressed in posts related to the Garden2Blog event is my own opinion expressed from my own personal experience.

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  1. Great tip…I will have to try it. I wonder if, instead of throwing the paper away with the earwigs, it would be better to dump the whole thing in soapy water…and then compost it.

  2. David beat me to it….My chickens delight in feasting on these pesky insects! I have them trained to follow me when I have a shovel in hand… they know when some tasty treat is about to be dug up or pointed out to them!

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