By Colleen Fielding Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years,you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.
Something Creepy in My Yard

The other day, I was moving an old piece of metal that had been sitting in the dirt for a while in my backyard. There were some Earwigs (regular color) then I saw this one. A White Earwig! 

I had never seen a White Earwig before, so of course I had to take its picture. I felt the hair stand up on the back of my neck, as a shudder went down my spine. To me this thing is even Creepier than the regular Earwigs that I find in my yard.  YUCK! 

Apparently in the insect world, there are no Albinos of anything. So, this one is not Albino (I did not get close enough to see if it had pink eyes) but, an Earwig that has not yet got its dark color, as it is just molting now. 

Earwigs travelled far and wide to get here arriving from Europe in the later part of 1907. There are about 20 species of these creepy bugs.

Did you know that Earwigs have wings? They do! I did not know that. They have wings that they put out once in a while, if they feel like they are in danger, or to jump to another spot. They are not good fliers, and their wings don’t carry them very far.

Earwigs like dirt. They hide in the dirt where it is dark, damp, and cool for them. You will find them often while digging in your garden. 

The Earwigs are a harmless creature to humans, if you pick them up in your hand (another shudder just went down my spine) they might pinch you with their pincers, and it might slightly hurt, and possibly even give you a small welt or a bruise, but that is all they can do to you. They are not poisonous;  they don’t carry any diseases and they won’t make you ill.  They don’t even cause any damage to your home outside or inside. They are just creepy little bugs in your yard, and sometimes they do get into your house. If you see one of them, guaranteed you will find more as they are an invasive species. The male Earwigs have long and curved pincers, while the females are straight, and short. She will lay about 40-50 eggs. When the eggs hatch about a week later, the young will eat the good and bad plants in your garden right away.

Many moons ago it was believed that Earwigs crawl into your ears, and lay eggs in your brain (yuck, another shudder down the spine) but, don’t worry they do not actually do that.

Earwigs will eat rotting plants, and they will also eat your good plants. They are not fussy on which plants to eat; food is food to them.

If you find a lot of Earwigs out in your yard, here are a few tips to help prevent them: Don’t have mulch around that you don’t need.

Rake your leaves in the yard, and especially around your house.

Get rid of shady, and damp areas by trimming your bushes and trees.

Make sure you use a silicone caulking to seal all cracks, and the crevices that are open outside and inside your home.

If they are coming into your home: fix all of your leaky pipes, remember they like damp, dark areas.

If you use a dehumidifier keep it below 60%

There are some suggestions on the internet on how to get rid of these creepy bugs:

 Neem Oil seems to be quite popular.

Add some Soy Sauce mixed with Vegetable or Olive Oil shaken up in a mason jar, put some holes in the lid and bury it at ground level and Viola! They are gone. 70% of Isopropyl Alcohol mixed with tap water in a spray bottle , spray it on them, or around the foundation of your house, and even in your flower garden.

If you have any Birds in your yard, you can take comfort in knowing that Earwigs are a tasty snack for most Birds.

Diatomaceous Earth is another good source, not only for getting rid of Earwigs, but also it could get rid of the other critters that are eating your plants.

There are also some insecticides out there that can get rid of the Earwigs.

Whatever you choose, I hope it works for you so that you can have happy gardening without the stress of looking at these creepy little bugs!