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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:35 pm 
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and I don't know what is doing it. Whatever it is leaves a laced effect on the leaf, and it seems to be the only plant they are interested in.

Does anyone have any ideas on what it is and how to treat it?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:45 pm 
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earwigs

earwigs

& more earwigs

they are smashing my citrus trees at the moment leaving the leaves looking like lace. At first i thought it was some sort of leaf cutter bee or ant but i found heaps of earwigs under the mulch.

I'm trying out earwig traps - small jars with equal amounts of soy sauce, treacle (or molasses, golden syrup, glucose, brown sugar, any sugar syrup really) and oil. Partially buried at the base of the plant with a tin foil lid loosely on top so the little buggers can get in and a small amount of mulch over the top.

I’ve caught a heap so far they are supposed to be attracted to the soy & sugar and then suffocate in the oil :yess

But i still have yet to train my damn dog not to dig them up and stick his damn nose in the jar :hmmm:

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:38 pm 
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If it is earwigs then I vote you & your favourite chook get out on an earwig hunt !

Time for a chook or two to step up & protect that sage for you. :)

Forget putting any oil in any trap... if Elwood (or most of the flock, for that matter) found a trap with earwigs stuck in molasses, they'd be tripping over themselves to dive into it every morning that I let them out of the coop.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:47 am 
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I agree - earwigs! Have had the same happen to my sage plant..... Let the chooks at 'em :)

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:07 pm 
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Won't they strip the sage, or do they prefer earwigs to sage?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:08 pm 
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Mine don't eat the sage despite regular access. However my chooks may be an aberration. :)

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:09 pm 
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Hmmm - there are yummy things right beside the sage my chookies would love to munch on so I can't use that remedy - however I might try some of these ideas.

http://gardening.about.com/od/insectpes ... garden.htm

Heading out to try the first one with the rolled up newspaper now!

Thanks everyone for your replies - I truly would never have guess earwigs!!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:47 pm 
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Hmmm okay that didn't work at all but possibly due to the fact I forgot to make the newspaper damp

Trying again tonight with rolled up DAMP newspaper ...


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:47 am 
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Earwigs love to hide in mulch, so clearing away anything mulch-like around the plants will help.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:40 am 
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Ha ha nice Doctor W ref there Grabby ...as an aside I used to scare my younger brother imitating the Daleks when we were little folk... :rofl: (iit's ok, all friend now I am godmother to his daughter)

Thanks Rach - have cleared leaf litter away also now!

As I have a lot of inedible sage (can't possibly eat something an earwig has chomped on! Ewwww!!) I have decided to pick and dry the leaves for burning, for as folk may or may not know, burning sage eliminates ANY odour in your house.

This came in handy particularly yesterday morning when I accidentally boiled the eggs I had found in the garden the other day.

Forgot to do the float test and they burst, sending charming rotten egg smell through the house - ergh!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:23 am 
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Oo :shock: Poor you.. I hope the sage did the trick :)

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:34 pm 
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Thanks Rach - sage did the trick! (Apparently Native North Americans use Sage in purification rituals so how apt!)but the rolled damp newspaper so far has not..one baby wiggy and one snail out of 6 rolls!!! :-?


Will keep trying - today was rather warm and may have dried the paper out too quickly for them to find them and get cosy. ;-)


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:12 pm 
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Must say I haven't ever had success with rolled up newspaper or other disposable hidey holes....Getting rid of mulch worked best, and also just plain old waiting out the earwig plague. They seem to be terrible some years but then minimal in impact most years.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:40 am 
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My sage had some funny 'lace' effect damage to it's leaves, and it's in a big pot with no mulch. Took a bit of searching around and squinting but i found the culprit - teeny tiny caterpillars, tiny as a cotton thread! Just squish them off and you'll be right.


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