| Dear Customer,
Most gardeners try to live in harmony with nature. In fact, the
terms "gardener" and "nature lover" are nearly
synonymous. But just as gardeners are selective about the flora
they allow to survive in their gardens, they are equally selective
about the fauna. Living in harmony with tomato hornworms, slugs
and cutworms ranks right along with having an indigent in-law
move in for the summer. It is all take and no give.
But all of these pests are easier to live with than earwigs.
Hornworms can be transported, slugs can be fed beer, and cutworms
can be frustrated several efficient ways. Most important, all
three stay in the garden. Earwigs, on the other hand, are ubiquitous
– they not only eat virtually everything, but will occupy
every nook and cranny of your house as well as your garden if
left unchecked. Fortunately, there is a solution.
To dispose of earwigs, you employ exactly the same principle
as that used in government sanctioned lotteries, you exploit the
creature's weaknesses. The primary difference of course is that
earwig traps are more humane; lotteries are based on the repetitive
exploitation of a weakness, whereas earwig traps limit the exploitation
to a single event.
All of this is by way of saying that if you have ever waged a
silent battle with earwigs by constructing crude wooden traps
or by stuffing plant pots with straw in preparation for early
morning funeral pyres, you will appreciate the effective and inexpensive
earwig traps on page 57. The fact they are priced competitively
with lottery tickets is purely coincidental.
Leonard G. Lee