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Earwig Infestations – Earwigs are those little brown pincher bugs that eat whatever they want in your garden. They tend to focus on new growth in the center of lettuce plants and other tender greens. We’ve been dealing with an unusually high population in our community garden lately and we’re taking measures to eradicate them. Here’s what to do: 1) put down a layer of worm castings. The chitinase enzyme in worm castings is taken up by plants, and it happens to dissolve the exoskeletons of soft-bodied insects, so when bugs eat plant material nourished with worm castings, they suffer and leave. Next put sprinkle the area with diatomaceous earth on a dry day. Do water your plants before or after, or the diatomaceous earth becomes inert. This substance feels like powder to us, but it pokes holes in these critters, leaving them to desiccate and die. We’ve also tried putting out a shallow bowl of olive oil. Earwigs seem to love it, then drown in the oil. Find more solutions on the blog this week.