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How To Make Daves Earwig Trap

Updated on August 31, 2012

Dave's Earwig Trap

Earwigs are a familiar insect, we all have been told strange stories about them doing one thing that is daunting. The stories are that an earwig may crawl into a sleeping person's ear. Of course, these stories are untrue, even when earwigs, like moths, beetles, cockroaches, ants and flies have at times wander into ear canals by accident.

Learn More About The Myth

But please not into my house!


Seen my first Earwig today and set 3 Traps!

The Common Earwig

Earwigs are very common, in United States and often very abundant in a number of states. Earwigs are quite easy to distinguish by the pincers or forceps on the end of the body. The pincers are used for both offensive and defensive weaponry. Females have pincers that are rather straight; the male pincers have a more curved pincher look. They may try to pinch your fingers if captured and handled, but they will not hurt people. If disturbed or picked up, earwigs will produce a foul smell.


They are not seen for very long periods of the year and seen more with wet hot weather or in the fall. Earwigs are an outdoor insect found in damp wet areas, under mulch, dead leaves, logs, stones and other rubble or in wood where they will eat the moist, decaying material.

You may find them in a group near the foundation of your home, near a water source like under a dripping water faucet under stones.

Earwigs seldom attack plants, including flowers, and vegetables, they are considered to most another minor pest of plants, gardeners and people like me.

The earwig is a household pest as an invader looking for small bits of water. They even enter houses when seeking shelter, mainly in the fall or during periods of extended dry weather again looking for a water source. Earwigs inside the house do not cause any harm or damage. They are a pestering insect because of their look and presence.


Watch and see how you can make a FREE earwig trap!

Making a Trap Parts List

  1. Newspaper
  2. 2 Rubber Bands
  3. Small amount of cooking oil
  4. Water
  5. Zip-Lock sandwich bags
  6. And EARWIGS!

Dave's Earwig Trap

Earwigs found inside the house can be trapped with traps made for earwigs. I make my own earwig trap that has no chemicals involved. With having a pesticide in the house is not my favorite thing to have for my health.

My trap is very simple and safe to the environment. The trap is only news paper, a few drops of cooking oil and water.

I take one full sheet of a news paper and fold at the natural fold in the sheet. Then I fold the sheet along the length 1/3 of the way, and fold again. Now my sheet is 4" wide and 23" Long.

Open the news paper sheet and place a few drops or cap full of cooking oil in the very center of the sheet. I spread it around with my index finger until I have a big circle of oil. Fold the sheet back to the 4" width and from one end roll it up like in a shape of a cigar. Wrap 2 rubber bands to keep it in place loosely. We want our earwigs to have enough room to get in and stay in.

After you have your news paper in a round shape of a cigar, place it some water. Let is soak up enough water to make it wet but not soaking wet. If it is too wet, I squeeze it a bit to force some water out.

Now place the trap were earwigs have been seen. You may want to check the trap each day and make sure it is damp at all times. After a few days it may be ready to be changed out. I use a zip-lock sandwich bag to put the trap in. Open the zip-lock up and gently pick up the trap and get it in the bag. Zip it shut and some times you will see them come out of the trap to see what happened.

Then you can dispose of the trap in the trash. You are ready to make another and trap hopefully more earwigs.


I placed a new wet Trap inside a zip lock bag in a corner. I left the bag 1/2 zipped and the opening to the corner. The Earwigs went in, so all I had to do is close the bag. I looked in the sealed up bag and there were many Earwigs inside the Trap. This way is easy to pick up the trap with out getting them out on you!



06/20/2012 Today I took a trap from the bathroom and placed in a sandwich bag. In the video I open it and Earwigs get out and on my desk! I hate these things! I put the trap out on 06/18/2012.

Did you get the creepiness when you saw them crawling on my desk and I picked them up? Have you made a trap yet?

Do you have a good trap to share.


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      TinyButt 5 years ago

      Hate them.... and they stink! I see them in my bathroom on the shower curtain lots of times and I scream! YUCKY

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      CyberTech LM 5 years ago


      Seen my first Earwig today in the Condo. I live on the second floor so he must have came up the pipes from the crawl space. When I catch some I will take a picture or a video of the catch.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I live in Canada and we also have tons of earwigs up here. They get in the lettuce in my garden and I bring them accidentally into my house that way. I hate earwigs. I can recall my mom canning peaches and the earwigs would be hiding in beside the seed and scare the heck out of her when she discovered one lol. Yikes. Great article (just be sure to change any generic module headings ie: "New Guestbook comments" to match the theme of your article. It's one of the requirements to make it onto the front page. Best of wishes for your success here.

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      xXOUTDOORSXx 5 years ago

      original trap! good lens

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      CyberTech LM 5 years ago

      @CCGAL: I think I caught a Silverfish one time in a trap. I hate Earwigs so I do not check inside the traps. They give me the willies!!

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      CCGAL 5 years ago

      Gosh, I remember being so scared of earwigs when I was a child! Can't say as how I like them now, but at least I'm not afraid any longer. This looks really interesting - if we ever see an earwig problem, I'll sure give this a try. I wonder what other bugs it might catch? Nice job here.

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      CyberTech LM 5 years ago

      @cynthiannleighton: Thanks!

      I used it last year and worked GREAT! No earwigs here yet, but I am ready for them!

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      cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Interesting contraption to trap earwigs. Good invention work and good lens work combined.

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      Bowdoctor 5 years ago

      I hate them Earwigs so much!! Nice Trap!