How Do You Get Rid of Earwig?

Did you hear that earwig can crawl into your ear? No, they can’t. It is just a myth. Earlier it was believed that an earwig enters the ear, so this bug got its name from it, ear wiggler. In Germany, it is called an earworm. These bugs can settle in your garden or in your house. You can find them in the garden during the summer months. They will eat your vegetables there, but you will rarely see them because they like to hide in dark places. It’s okay while they’re outside, but if they find moisture in your house, they can easily settle in it. How then to get rid of the earwig that has settled in your house?

To get rid of their earwigs, make your house inhospitable for them. If your house has moisture, take steps to get rid of it. If you have no moisture, earwigs have come to your house due to harsh conditions on the outside. Check the doors, windows, and all possible entrances to the house and make sure there are no cracks and hidden passages that will serve as their entrance.

How Do You Get Rid of Earwig
How Do You Get Rid of Earwig

Earwig is an ancient beetle formed 208 million years ago which speaks volumes about its endurance. It is quite small but can create problems in your garden. Sometimes it can be found in your house, but don’t be afraid. The worst thing an earwig can do to you is pinching you with its little pliers. Still, no one likes to have bugs in the house. Earwigs are mostly active at night, and during the day they hide in dark, humid places. Such as your basement. While it won’t harm you, your home, or your food, it’s important to take steps in a timely manner to get rid of them and prevent them from reproducing.

How do you get rid of earwigs in your house?

As we have already mentioned, earwigs enter your house for two reasons: they have found moisture in it or outdoor living conditions for them are too harsh.

Earwigs can enter the house during the summer as they cannot tolerate dry and sunny areas for long so they seek shelter in dark and humid areas. If your home has moisture and is surrounded by many leaves and plants, earwig has ideal living conditions. The positive thing is that they do not reproduce inside and you will easily get rid of those that have entered. Here are some tips:

Maintain your garden

If there are no fallen leaves, unmaintained plants, old bricks, or things that retain moisture in your garden, you have taken the first step in preventing earwigs.

Keep your house dry

Clean the house and take a good look to see if there is any moisture somewhere, especially in the basements. If so, take steps to get rid of it as soon as possible.

Check where the earwig can enter

If there is no moisture, earwigs have entered your house to protect themselves from outside conditions. Check all places in the house that could be a potential entrance for these bugs. Doors, windows, possible cracks in the walls. Seal all entrances and wait a week to see if it reappears.

Check vents

Earwigs easily survive large amounts of water so make sure they don’t enter your house through pipes.

Trap them

Leave a bowl of vegetable or fish oil where you noticed the earwigs. It is best to leave it overnight when they are most active. They will collect in a bowl in the morning, and then kill them with water and detergent

Kill them with alcohol

If you want to kill them using rubbing alcohol. Simply put the alcohol in a spray bottle and spray it on the earwig when you see it. Alcohol penetrates their exoskeleton and will kill the earwig in a few seconds. Remember though that these bugs are very valuable in the eco cycle and consider another method.

Apply pesticides

If you want to kill earwigs you can also use pesticides, but rather look at methods that are environmentally friendly.

Can you do it environment friendly with stuff you already have at home?

It’s summer and whatever you catch, you see earwigs. They are in your sneakers, bags, and plastic bags seem to be especially tempting to them. You do not have to buy pesticides and numerous products to get rid of them. Just look in your kitchen cabinets and you will find everything you need to get rid of earwigs.

Baking soda

In 2 dl of water add two teaspoons of baking soda and one teaspoon of dishwashing detergent. Spray the spray on the door, on the floor, or wherever you see the earwig moving. You can also use it in the garden.

Apple vinegar

Mix 2 dl of water with 2 dl of apple vinegar. Stir well, then spray the areas where the earwigs are spotted.

Beer trap

If you have a problem with earwigs in the garden, this is the right method for you. Pour the beer into a small container and then bury the container in the ground. Bury the container to the level of the surface so that the bugs can enter unhindered. This trap will attract not only earwigs but also ants and other bugs that attack your vegetables. If you don’t have a beer, you can use some sweet juice or soya sauce instead.

Can you do it without poison? 

You do not need to use pesticides and other toxic substances to get rid of earwigs. You can use one of the environment-friendly methods listed above or you don’t even have to do the mixes.

Newspaper trap

This method is great if earwigs have already settled in your home. Soak the newspaper with plenty of water, roll it up and secure it with an eraser. Then place the newspaper in a dark place where you have noticed earwigs. Newspapers will fill up earwigs quickly, and then just throw them away.

If you don’t have a newspaper, you can use soaked cloth instead.

Sticky trap

Place the strong self-adhesive tape on a piece of cardboard on both sides. Place the cardboard in dark, hard-to-reach places, such as under beds, closets, behind radiators, and the like. The earwigs will stick to the cardboard and then simply throw them away.

What are earwigs attracted to?

Most earwigs feed on plants, while a smaller number feed on other insects. Earwigs, therefore, are attracted by all places where leaves, fruits, vegetables, flowers, mold, and tiny insects can be found. Food is certainly important to them, but their habitats are also important to them. Earwigs find it difficult to tolerate heat or dry and sunny areas. They usually rest during the day and are active at night. It is easy to understand why they find shelter in dark, humid areas.

If it is wet, your lawn is an ideal place for them. If the terrain is uneven if you have shrubs under which the ground stays moist or there are objects on the lawn that can serve as a hiding place, you will probably have an earwig on the lawn. Make their job harder and keep the lawn dry, remove old bricks, a water hose, or anything that allows earwigs to crawl in and be in the dark.

Rotten trees attract many insects and their food, but also habitat. The holes that form in rotten wood are certainly a dark and wet place. If you have a rotten tree, cut it down.

The same goes for a pile of woods. Be sure to store them in a dry place, if possible, in someplace separated from your home.

Piles of leaves are an ideal habitat for earwigs. The grass on which the leaves are located does not get the sun so it is very humid. Do not build a house for them, instead of throwing the fallen leaves in the trash immediately.

How do you prevent them from coming back?

Now that you know what attracts earwigs, make their living conditions unbearable in your home and your garden!

Provide all of the above conditions to make sure it will not cross from your garden into your home. Do not plant plants along the walls of your house because there the earwigs will have enough shade and moisture.

Birds are your collaborators when it comes to solving problems with earwigs. Make a birdhouse in your garden. In addition to having beautiful sounds in your garden, birds will eat earwigs and make it easier for you to fight them.

In the summer we often stay outside so we often leave items on our terraces and in the gardens. When you are bringing fruits, vegetables, or items that have been left outside for a while, be sure to check for earwigs on them.

Check windows, doors, and possible cracks on the exterior walls through which they can enter your house. Pay special attention to basement windows. Make your house a safe fortress that no earwig can enter.


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