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What is this? And how do I kill it?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by GoArmy, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. GoArmy

    GoArmy In the Brooder

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  2. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

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    looks like earwigs, i dont think are any threat.
     
  3. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

    Mar 11, 2009
    Long Island, NY
  4. GA_in_GA

    GA_in_GA Songster

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    I have found a few, before the hens did. As far as I know, they eat smaller bugs (mites, etc.) so they may be a good thing to have in the coop.
     
  5. chkn

    chkn Songster

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    You've got to show those to your hens and let nature take its course. [​IMG]
     
  6. GoArmy

    GoArmy In the Brooder

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    Thanks.

    There were a good bit of damp wood shavings in one corner so I cleaned them out and let the sun in there to dry things today. I like the idea of them eating mites, and of the hens eating the earwigs, so I'll chill. I do have a white light in the coop -- it runs off a battery (charged by a small solar panel on the roof). I could probably put an amber lens over the light. I need to run to Ace this afternoon, anyway.
     
  7. woodmort

    woodmort Songster

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    Just don't squash them--they smell awful. To the chickens, however, they're treats.
     

  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I always squash earwigs, I hate 'em. But I never noticed a smell. I know they look ferocious with that stinger thing on the back but, I read up on them and it is just sexual appartus. They love hiding in moist areas. This year for some reason I've only seen a few.

    I pretty much spot kill any icky bugs from earwigs to wasps to houseflies with a spritz of spic and span spray liquid from Dollar Tree. I think the soap clogs their pores (if bugs have any) and suffocates them. It does seem to work better than the BUG sprays I buy, which really makes me wonder what is in spic and span.Oh well....
     
  9. whoacowboy

    whoacowboy Chirping

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    I have those in my mailbox. I give them to my chickens! They take care of the problem. [​IMG]
     
  10. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Songster

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    My chickens LOVE to eat those! They are just earwigs. They won't hurt your chickens.
     

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