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How To Get Rid Of Earwigs

Updated on October 10, 2011

How To Get Rid Of Earwigs

How To Get Rid of Earwigs? If you have been seeing these reddish brown colored insects which range from about ¼ to around 1 inch rooming around in your house or garden then I am sure you are looking for the fastest yet most effective way in order to rid your place from these pests.

These tiny insects called earwigs have a distinctive feature which are their pincers. Though they have a striking appearance of a cockroach particularly because of its color do not mistake them for one.

Earwigs feed on both plants and insects which therefore classifies them as omnivores they consume lettuce, Mari Gold, Mosses, Algae as well as insects such as aphids, mites, fleas etc.

The reason you should be concerned if you have earwigs in your house or garden is because obviously they will feed on flowers or vegetables you may have in your garden and secondly no one likes having pests around until or unless they offer some sort of biological control that might benefit you.

How To Get Rid Of Earwigs? Earwigs Control.

Earwigs are known to hide during the day and are active during the night. The hiding nature of earwigs is quite problematic for us as earwigs tend to hide under furniture, small openings in walls, garbage cans etc.

Earwigs aggregate which is why you may face a large number of earwig infestation. To Get Rid Of Earwigs :

Eliminate their hiding spots: These may be openings, furniture, patio blocks, debris, trees, stones any such small place where they can hide is something you should remove. If you can not dust out or clean the entire place and feel like you need some other option to control the earwig problem then boric acid is an excellent option. Boric Acid is rather harmless to humans as well as pets and so you can use it without worrying and its particular function that is of use to us is that it is a natural insecticide and can be used to get rid of earwigs.

Use of Sodium lights can be also be used which are basically used to distract Earwigs to find a hiding spot which is because earwigs are not attracted to sodium lights and a house with sodium lights increases the chance that there will be less earwigs around.

Moisture Free Environment: All the places where you think there is going to be moisture there is a great chance of you finding earwigs. All the places where water is collected drain it out. Fix gutters or storm drains etc as these are the places which provide a moist environment for earwigs.

Points On How To Get Rid Of Earwigs

  • As moisture is something that favors the condition required for earwigs use dehumidifiers and heaters to dry out your place.
  • Capturing Earwigs: Earwigs are active during night and rolled up newspapers or card board can be used to trap them. As earwigs after feeding look for a hiding spot which is damp . Leave a damp box in your garden and seefor yourself how many earwigs you collect in the morning.
  • If you are able to locate a large area which is infested with earwigs a vacuum can come in handy. After you have collected the earwigs in the vacuum make sure you dispose them properly.
  • Ensure the windows in your house are properly sealed as any openings can be an entrance for the earwigs.
  • Boric acid , diatomaceous earth, earwig exterminating dust such as Drione Dust can be used. Insecticidal soaps kills earwigs by harming their cuticle which as a result kills them.
  • Killing the earwigs results in decreasing their numbers and therefore the infestation. Insecticidal Sprays are of a lot of varieties some popular ones include Cynoff WP, Talstar P.

How To Get Rid Of Earwigs

NOTE: An Earwig Bite as many believe can be fatal is not true. An Earwig Bite is considerable painful but not fatal as earwigs do not eject any poisonous or toxic substance.


· Applying Insecticides later in the day work far more effectively.

· A sufficient amount is needed to cover large areas , a hose pipe can be used or granules to cover the soil and then water can be added to it.

· Killing earwigs is sure to get rid of earwigs for a particular time period. Sealing and blocking openings as well as ensuring better drainage system is a far better and long term approach.


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    • Pamela N Red profile image

      Pamela N Red 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma

      I've had a few of them here at my house. They are creepy looking things. I didn't know about the boric acid, so far I've just been squashing them when I find any.


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