Convince earwigs to get drunk and take a swim!

We think we have found the solution to get rid of earwigs! Invite them to an Asian beer party!

Since the wet rolled up newspaper tip didn’t work we tried planting a few pans in the ground at night and filling them with beer and one with soy sauce. And it worked! The next day we found many dead earwigs in the pans. The theory is they go to the beer or soy sauce and drown. I hate to kill things, but we drew the line with earwigs. They are good in the garden, because they eat other pests, but they eat plants too. We plan on putting in more pans and filling them every night, so we can replant, for the third time, Chinese yard long beans, cilantro, basil and carrots. We really love the beans but they haven’t had a chance with the earwigs. I went out one night, with my flashlight, and the earwigs were covering the bean plants that were left. Absolutely covered! Yuk!

Eric serving earwigs beer

We have discovered they like the darker beer better than the soy sauce, but both work. It seems we collect more with the beer. We bought a gallon of soy sauce. Yes, you can actually purchase a gallon of soy sauce at the Asian markets in or around Rancho Cordova. Actually, if you like Asian cooking, you will find many wonderful items you won’t see in your average grocery store, at a store near the Mervyn’s in Rancho called, Koreana.

Tonight I went to Costco to purchase more beer. For earwigs! Can you believe that? The things we do to grow organically. And no, the beer isn’t organic. 🙂 And neither is the soy sauce.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Suz Walker on August 7, 2007 at 1:13 am

    Yes, that is a really amazing Korean market. I watched your fire very intensely, having lost our Angora home last month. You might be able to get discarded beer from Placerville or Jack Russell brewery, if your need increases to include slugs, etc. 🙂

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