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Old July 11th, 2013, 09:25 AM   #1
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We put in a ton of mulch this year, and it is all by the house. I'm not certain if this is leading to our huge earwig issue, or if the weather conditions over the last year made them thrive.

I open the mailbox, 20 earwigs come out. I open the front door, 20 earwigs are in the door seal. I slide open my barn door, 100 earwigs come out.. No matter where I look in my yard there are a gabillion earwigs.

We've had them in the house before, here and there, but I killed 10 of them in the house yesterday. I tried training my dog to eat them, but she's not interested.
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Old July 11th, 2013, 09:36 AM   #2
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Its wet, therefore there's lots of earwigs.

I had them all in the spruce trees, when I was mowing the grass, each time I brushed against the spruces, I ended up with earwigs crawling on me
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Old July 11th, 2013, 09:54 AM   #3
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It's bad for them this year at our house too.

CC - is your mulch piled right up to the foundation of your house? A few weeks ago I went and pulled the mulch back about 6" from the foundation and used hoe to dig a little trench all the way down into the dirt and also make sure to use a rake or pitchfork to turnover the mulch in the thick spots every other week or so and that makes a big difference on how many actually make it into the house.

Earwigs (and pillbugs and other critters) like the warmth and moistness of organic material like most mulches and making sure you don't let it sit or get to thick right next to the house is a pretty good deterrent.

The worse was a few mornings ago when I was coming back from a run and I slid open the garage door keypad and about 10 or 15 of them fell out of there. WTF? That's just all plastic in there and doesn't go anywhere? Disgusting.
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Old July 11th, 2013, 10:13 AM   #4
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The worse was a few mornings ago when I was coming back from a run and I slid open the garage door keypad and about 10 or 15 of them fell out of there. WTF? That's just all plastic in there and doesn't go anywhere? Disgusting.
hahahaha. I did the exact same thing yesterday, flipped open the garage pad and they actually flung unto me.

Yes, the mulch goes all the way to the foundation, and I know people will say I'm doing it wrong, but our flowers around the house and decks are watered three times a day, so it's always wet..
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I am guessing they were in the mulch when you got it delivered, and now you have an awesome wet breading ground invested. We have some, but nothing like that.
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Old July 11th, 2013, 10:24 AM   #6
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we have them all over this year too...worse than previous years.
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Old July 11th, 2013, 10:27 AM   #7
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I get them in the mailbox. I powerwashed the deck on the 4th and they were under all the railing planters and overhangs of the deck. Ended up with a few on me as well.
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Diatomaceous earth powder works pretty damn well on those bastards. Only reason I know is we have them at our lake house and grandpa had me spreading it around last week. Plus the kind he had was OMRI stamped, not sure if they all are? I put it around the base of the house and sprinkled some in our flower gardens and edges of walkways. Only saw a few here and there now.

*edit- I guess you can eat the stuff?

http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp

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Old July 11th, 2013, 10:35 AM   #9
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We have earwigs bad this year and ticks.
I have never really seen a tick till this year
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Old July 11th, 2013, 10:58 AM   #10
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We have earwigs bad this year and ticks.
I have never really seen a tick till this year
Same here, never once seen a tick before last weekend.

My uncle had to pull 3 of them off of him at our cabin in Cheboygan.
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I haven't noticed many but at least the lady bugs are gone...
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as long as i dont find them in my ears, im good!

got quite a few at camp in oscoda.
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The fake ladybugs and earwigs.

Got bit by an earwig two days ago as did my dad. I was laying on the couch and the fucker bit me and retreated before I could smoosh it. I did get one with the torch yesterday though and a mosquito flying through the air.

This rain gotta stop.
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I don't think it's your mulch. I mulch every other year with almost 1 ton and have never seen earwigs like this year. I think it's all the rain.
But when I do mulch it attracts turtles from my lake.
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I don't think it's your mulch. I mulch every other year with almost 1 ton and have never seen earwigs like this year. I think it's all the rain.
But when I do mulch it attracts turtles from my lake.
Oooh turtles, now they are cool!
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I haven't noticed many at all.
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Have not seen any by me and I have 15' arbs surrounded by mulch, but I have cedar mulch.
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The ticks are unbelievable at my house. You don't even need to be near the woods to catch one. Like there just following me around. The dog hasn't even got one yet this year, just me.. I guess I just smell tasty
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Never had them at my house before, bit this year they are bad
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I don't think it's your mulch. I mulch every other year with almost 1 ton and have never seen earwigs like this year. I think it's all the rain.
But when I do mulch it attracts turtles from my lake.
I saw a pretty big turtle a few mornings ago while running through a neighborhood in Beverly Hills where the Rouge River flows through. The shell was probably 15" across from front to back. Easily the largest turtle I've ever seen not in the wild here in Suburbia.
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