Hi!! I started my garden about a month ago. My lavender plant attracts pincher bugs and I'm not sure how to get rid of them. If you know of anything, it would be a huge help. Thank you ❤️🌷
Ugghh, pinchers are my worst nightmare after a bad Twilight Zone episode when I was seven. I do have a few suggestions that may help you or prevent them from nesting next season! 💞
- Numerous wild bird species like to eat earwigs, too. Adding bird feeders could net you some interesting bird antics and reduce the earwig populations on your property. Here are some birds that may be tempted to partake of a bug or 10 once they decide they like the menu at your house:
- Remove mulch from flowerbeds. This can be a difficult judgment call, especially if you’re trying to retain moisture for your plants during hot summer conditions. But they looove mulch because they love warm, damp, dark places.
- Pay attention to anything placed in the garden especially in early/mid spring that will create a moist environment at soil level. This includes lawn furniture and other temporary fixtures like plant pots and decorations.
- Prefer watering in the morning rather than in the evening. Earwigs like it moist, so reducing the moisture in your garden during the time they’re most active (at night) is a good thing.
- Two fly varieties attack earwigs(that I know of). They are the Bigonicheta Spinipennisand the Digonichaeta Setipennis. Both are attracted to certain plants and especially herbs, like the ones listed below, if you don’t have any growing in the garden you can always throw fennel seeds or really any of them on the dirt of your garden.
- Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
- Dill (Anethum graveolens)
- Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
- Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare).
Boric acid is another option. It’s a naturally occurring substance poisonous to many insects like earwigs and ants. Check the pH level of your dirt first and what your plants prefer. You don’t want to accidentally kill them!
- Check with your local Cooperative Extension Office for information about the fly species, birds, frogs and lizards in your area. They’ll be able to supply you with a list but also to help you determine which ones are the best to attract for whatever cause.
Best of luck to you and your garden my dear!