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Trapped!

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The composting worm bin lives in the upstairs bathroom adjacent to my office/studio room.  So when things get weird in the bin, I know about it.

I think that I picked up earwig eggs when I added compost from the outdoor compost bin – I always do this to help stock up the micro-flora.  However it happened, I started getting more and more earwigs.

The pincers look fierce, but aren’t actually pinchy from what I can tell.  They stink a lot if squashed.

There are lots of them.  They thrive on the same kind of vegetable waste that I feed the worms, and they’ve reproduced like mad.  Of course, my options for insect remediation in the compost worm bin are quite limited.

Traps are usually the best.  I looked up how to trap these guys, and most of the sources pointed to a similar technique.  A straight-sided can, like soup or tuna, with a mixture of equal parts of molasses (or corn syrup), vegetable oil (with the possibility of a drop of added bacon grease, for fragrance attraction) and soy sauce.  Because of what I got hold of in the cabinet first, I’ve tried a couple of different oils.  It’s amazingly effective.

 

 

This is five or six days worth of earwigs.  They mostly end up in the trap overnight, as they are nocturnal.  I let it go a few days, then tip the oil out in a non-agricultural part of the yard (the chickens declare the bugs delicious!) and refill and reset.  Apparently it works in the garden or house as well.

Originally published at WormSpit. You can comment here or there.

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ladycelia
Aug. 17th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
Wow--that's a mighty effective trap!
trickykitty
Aug. 17th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC)
I gotta say, this is probably the first time I ever squicked at what I was looking at in your journal. Ewwwwww. Make it go away.

I'm rooting for the chickens!
snobahr
Aug. 17th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, same here! Go, chickens! And hey, they're pre-seasoned!
adrianaendless
Aug. 18th, 2012 05:18 am (UTC)
Pretty cool.
linzbinz
Aug. 22nd, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
EEK! Seriously gross!!! Earwigs give me the creeps! Do you really not think they pinch? Those pinchers look awfully intimidating...

On a different note, I have some silk brick that has been sitting in a baggie for like, 3 years, waiting to be spun. How does one go about spinning silk brick, anyway? And why is it called "silk brick" when it in no way resembles a brick? THE MIND BOGGLES!
oakenking
Aug. 22nd, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
Well, the ones I have, seem to run instead of pinching. I know that it's theoretically possible that people can get a pinch from an earwig - but the ones I have don't seem inclined to do so.

From what I have seen, silk brick used to look a lot more like building brick - the large lapp was folded and then sometimes tied around with a string in a kind of loaf-like shape; if they were stacked tightly, they took on a brick-like shape. I have one old one that's this way.
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