3 Easy steps to get rid of Earwigs

Ok do it yourself pest control operators, here it is, the 3 steps you’ve been waiting for; simple, quick and instant results to get rid of and keep out those pesky earwigs. We’re so confident in this information that we guarantee it to work or your next post is FREE.

Springtime is here and pest populations will begin ‘popping’ soon and as Earwigs build up they begin to come inside. These 3 steps will help you reduce that down to zero.

# 1 Hang all ‘welcome mats’ up every night before you go to bed and whenever they are wet.

 

While it’s true Earwigs are most active at night so you’d assume they wouldn’t be there when you do this anyway; the important thing is they must find a new place to hide when they come home from a night of carousing. i.e; away from the front door. If picking them up every night is too much, see # 3

 

# 2 Elevate or remove all planters that are near obvious entry points such as sliding glass doors.

 

Earwigs love to hide under things like this especially if they provide moisture. If you can’t move or elevate them see # 3.
# 3 Treat your home with a generous layer of granules around the home and use liquid in cracks.

 

A nice two foot wide barrier of granules in the perimeter soil of your home and spray any cracks in the foundation and where cement slabs meet the walls. Thresholds of doors are also key as well as under any planters and mats you could not move or raise.
That should hold the little critters off and it wasn’t that hard was it. Did you notice that # 3 was pretty popular? I’m sure you did and it is because this is mostly where Earwigs will be. If you alter this to be undesirable for them, they will get the hint. For more detailed information look at the Legend of the earwig article and you’ll know more than you want to about earwigs.
 

 

 

 

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Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.
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  • Interesting article with some good ideas. However, what type of granules are we suppose to place around the perimeter? Does anyone know the answer to this?

  • Interesting article with some good ideas. However, what type of granules are we suppose to place around the perimeter? Does anyone know the answer to this?

  • admin

    PJ,

    My apologies. I write sometimes thinking everyone knows what I’m talking about, I’ll work on that.

    Bifentrin is the main ingriedient you’ll want to look for on the bag of granules. It’s also known as Talstar PL or sometimes called Cross Chex. It’s a sand based product that really works great. The smaller sand particle gets a little deeper into the thatch and can also get into small little cracks like in a side walk. The Niban bait is a bigger granule and stays higher and this is good so the two don’t mix so much if you over lap.

    Excellent observation on my post PJ, with those eyes you’ll have no trouble spotting your earwigs.

    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

  • Georgie

    Actually a bowl of eggshells outside on your patio will kill several hundred earwigs at a time.

  • Georgie

    Actually a bowl of eggshells outside on your patio will kill several hundred earwigs at a time.

  • admin

    AWESOME!

    Georgie, How does it work? Do you have to put anything else in there like oil and do you crush the shells? Please let us know.

    I think I’ll make eggs for breakfast tommorow so I can try it.

    Thanks for the tip and
    Thanks for reading

    The Bug Doctor

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  • I rent a house that has termites, a wet basement, and now an infestation of what I think are earwigs. I am in the process of moving out, but find that I may be packing the earwigs to my new home. Will the dry atmosphere of my next home be enough to kill off the few earwigs that travel with me? What can I do to prevent this same thing from happening in my new home? I already have a dehumidifier in the basement to keep the moisture from collecting there. There are almost no plants outside the house and no plants indoors.

  • The Bug Doctor

    Hi Paula,
    If you do take some earwigs in your boxes I would imagine they’ll die before they make the move in the dry boxes. Each house is different even if it is the one next door. You may not experience any earwigs there at all. You can always do a crack and crevice treatment before you move in and that will set you up just fine inside your new home. I have other tips to prepare and prevent earwigs which you might find useful for your new abode. Here is the link; http://pestcemetery.com/prepare-and-prevent-the-earwig-this-year/

    Enjoy your new home and please write back should you have the need

    Thanks for reading

    The Bug Doctor

  • The Bug Doctor

    Hi Paula,
    If you do take some earwigs in your boxes I would imagine they’ll die before they make the move in the dry boxes. Each house is different even if it is the one next door. You may not experience any earwigs there at all. You can always do a crack and crevice treatment before you move in and that will set you up just fine inside your new home. I have other tips to prepare and prevent earwigs which you might find useful for your new abode. Here is the link; http://pestcemetery.com/prepare-and-prevent-the-earwig-this-year/

    Enjoy your new home and please write back should you have the need

    Thanks for reading

    The Bug Doctor

  • eileen

    I’d like to know more about the eggshells. Should they be crushed up or what?

  • eileen

    I’d like to know more about the eggshells. Should they be crushed up or what?

  • The Bug Doctor

    Hi eileen,

    Since earwigs are basically scavengers it really doesn’t matter. I just wouldn’t clean them. I guess the smaller pieces might fair better for them to eat but that’s not really the point of the trap. We just want to lure them in and then if something is to big for them to gnaw on oh well. Tuna works well too and even dried cereals. Use your imagination and stick with what’s working for you-it might not be the same all over.

    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

  • The Bug Doctor

    Hi eileen,

    Since earwigs are basically scavengers it really doesn’t matter. I just wouldn’t clean them. I guess the smaller pieces might fair better for them to eat but that’s not really the point of the trap. We just want to lure them in and then if something is to big for them to gnaw on oh well. Tuna works well too and even dried cereals. Use your imagination and stick with what’s working for you-it might not be the same all over.

    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

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  • Help

    I am wondering what brands of you recommend for bait? Or if I need to have a someone come into my home. For the last week or so I have been killing about 15- 20  earwigs a day in my home. Its been dry outside but I dont have planters or welcome mats by the door.  We sprayed 5 days ago around the house also. Im sick of looking behind, under and around things for them. I dont think its damp in my home either. Please Help!

  • Niban baits are what I use. Check Home Depot or Lowes but I’m thinking you’ll have to get it at a DIY pest control store or on line. Works great and is labeled for many areas–

    It may because it’s dry that the critters are on the move, make sure that you seal up the front doors and window areas as these areas will ‘leak light’ Earwigs can be attracted to lights and wander in this way.

  • Traole

    HELP! I keep killing earwigs but hate to see them go to waste.  Are there any delicious recipes out there?  Are they safe to eat?

  • THAT IS THE BEST QUESTION I’VE GOTTEN ALL YEAR! 😉 I love it–

    You might want to try this link–some of the recipes look delicious. http://growabrain.typepad.com/growabrain/entomophagy_insect_eating/

  • Meganbatson87

    Hi we bought a pool 4 weeks ago, and ever since we filled it up there are earwigs all over it and inside it, and it is the kind of pool where you air up the ring and it will rise when you are filling it up, well anyways one morning we woke up and the there was no water in the pool some how all the water drained out of it, and I went outside just now to see if there is a hole anywhere on the pool, but when I lift the pool up there were earwigs all under it, but the ring is still aired up, so my question is can earwigs pop a pool?

  • Hi There,
    Earwigs love pools, dog bowls, slip and slides, animal water troughs, etc. It is a great place to stay protected , get moisture and build a nest chamber for eggs. So finding quite a few like you have is not abnormal. As to your question, although they have fairly sharp pincers, I doubt very highly they’s be strong enough to puncture through. They can chew with their mouthparts but it just seems unlikely. That said- I do know of cases where termites will chew through the liner of above ground pools to get moisture to seep out. Even then, termites have very powerful jaws and the holes are really small pin pricks. I guess it’s not out of the realm of possibilities but it’s really not very likely.

    Thanks for your question & reading my blog

  • Renee Auman

    ! have a dirt basement and the earwigs  hide down there and come upstairs through the vents, how do i stop them from doing that? I rent the house.

  • If you can–set some sticky traps in the bsmt. and you’ll reduce the numbers quickly. Also-Niban bait sprinkled in safe places-like under the stairs or behind a box would help–Now I say ‘safe places’ not because it’s extremely harmful.. it’s really not. But if you have kids and or pets it’s just best to seclude it. Plus pick up unnecessary things off the floor and you’ll reduce hiding and egg laying spots

  • Max Cowman

    Earwigs are attracted to light and they always tend to appear at night. They can be in any hidden areas of our houses any time that is why they are hard to get rid of. The best possible way is to make sure that every entry point of your house is sealed. Earwigs do not hurt humans, though. They can bite, but it is their defense mechanism against us. They have no poison glands, so there’s really nothing to worry about.

    Max Cowman