The other morning, I gathered up the girls to do our morning greeting to the garden. Check on the plants, assess any bug damage, feel delight with a new bud or fruit. When I gasped, noticing my lettuce patch had been devoured overnight. Gone. Like who let the starving bunnies loose in my garden. Only problem is, we don't have bunnies in our yard or neighborhood. Apparently we have hungry exoskeletal creatures roaming about.
How do I know this, you ask?
All day, I couldn't let go of the fact that something destroyed my lettuce overnight. I knew that the roly poly bugs were the culprits in my zucchini and bean plant demise, but now my lettuce? Just couldn't be. At 10pm I decided it was time for some Garden Crime Scene Investigation. I donned my panties, a tank top, Crocs, and a headlamp as I walked slowly and quietly towards my raised garden bed. Sorry folks, no pictures allowed. Although my husband had a heck of a chuckle.
Turned on the headlamp in a flash! And what did I find?
Earwigs, seriously with lettuce in their little pinchers. Having a divine supper in my garden. But they weren't just in my lettuce, they were in the already eaten zucchini, sunflowers, basil, pumpkins, beans as well. I never met an earwig I liked and this was just one more reason to destroy the buggers.
I took my heeby-jeeby-bugs-are-crawling-on-me-and-I-am-in-my-underwear self back into the house. Where for the next hour, I thought there was something crawling on me. Eeew!
This was war.
I went to the war headquarters, Google. This is the advice I found: trap them with a tuna can filled with oil and a dash of soy sauce or Shop Vac them up. Then, I sought advice from my family, brother #1 advises Neem Oil. Brother #2 advises some spray from Walmart (it's organic)...But you see, I'm cheap and don't want to spend a dime, so I???
Fast forward to 11pm, the day after the Earwig discovery.
Headlamp on my head, flipflops on my feet, more clothing than last night, and a ShopVac, armed and ready to go. I did it, I sucked the little buggers up. And some roly pollies to top it off. For the record it's very fragrant to vacuum off your basil plants, aromatherapy at it's finest.
Oh and it feels good, darn good, to suck up lots of hungry bugs. Mwahahahaha!!!!