Earwigs inspire terror with those giant pincer claws on their backside. Those claws are used to grasp prey, including slugs, aphids and insect larvae. They’re also used to fend off predators. Earwigs fill two roles in the garden. On the positive side, they scavenge and consume decaying organic matter and eat other plant pests. But when populations are high, they can damage desirable plants by feeding on the soft tissue of seedlings, new shoots and flower petals. One easy way to deter earwigs is placing rolled up newspapers around the garden as traps. The earwigs crawl inside, and you can shake them into a bucket of soapy water. Diatomaceous earth also works against earwigs. Sprinkle it at the base of plants, on earwig clusters or anywhere earwig populations are high.
Family-Friendly Living Room is a Mix of Styles
A mix of area rugs defines separate yet combined seating areas. Cream-colored curtains dress the large windows, where a traditional desk and chair create a small office space.
Great Room With Vaulted Wood Ceiling and Exposed Ductwork
This charming great room wows with high ceilings, industrial metal supports and exposed ductwork. Stone walls give the space an Old World feel, yet contemporary sofas and animal hide chairs bring an amazing, updated element. Space to store logs near the fireplace is both functional and decorative, and the TV above the fireplace makes this room truly multipurpose.
This cozy living and dining space has a warm, welcoming feel. The white wicker chairs and long wood dining table give a cottage farmhouse feel while the living area offers a more sophisticated contemporary sitting area with warm elements. The varied styles are blended seamlessly with a uniform color palette.
The front porch of this home is like a stylish preview of coming attractions. Deep benches are topped with thick cushions in rust orange, the color a pretty combination with the paneling on the front door and soaring roof.