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How to Get Rid of Earwigs With Ease

Earwigs are terrifying to look at so it is easy to see why you wouldn’t want them in your home. While earwigs mostly inhabit gardens since they love the decomposing leaves and moisture they provide, it is very easy for them to start nesting in or around your home. 

Coming across one earwig is a completely different story and finding a nest of earwigs is another. Contrary to popular belief, earwigs aren’t poisonous. While that might give you some relief, they can still pinch you with their pincers if they are irritated or surprised. It’s not just you that they bite; your pets and children can stumble across them and get a few nasty pinches from them.

Another thing to keep in mind is that earwigs never look for ears to nest in. Due to their unusual name, the earwig has an urban legend attached to them. According to the legend, if given the chance, an earwig could creep up into the ear of a person, lay eggs in the ear canal and feast on their brain. This isn’t true at all, since any insect, if given the chance, can creep in your ear and lay eggs but they cannot feast on your brain. Regardless of this, it can still be rather disconcerting to find earwigs in or around your home, or worse, in your ear.

While some people usually leave them alone if the earwigs are only present in their gardens, if they are getting out of hand, it is a good idea to get rid of them. It’s not just that it can be very squeamish for you, to find earwigs in your garden; they can quickly start clamoring up your doorstep and into your home if they aren’t contained in any manner.

Taking Care of the Yard

The first step to getting rid of earwigs is to look to your yard. Since they’re naturally attracted to decomposing leaves and moisture, it is a good idea to ensure that your yard is neat and clean. Moreover, earwigs can be annoying if you like gardening since they like to munch on seedlings. At times, this can mean death for the plant. To keep them out of your yard, make sure to do the following:

  • If you have plants, keep their beds free of any dead leaves and debris. In some cases, you might be making use of mulch to keep the plants hydrated for longer, but this mulch layer can trap moisture, making it the perfect home for earwigs. If earwigs have made a home there, you should get rid of the mulch layer.

  • Watering plants should also be done in moderation. Test the soil to check how dry or moist it is and adjust the watering habits as needed. Avoid overwatering the soil as it can encourage earwigs to nest there. In some cases, overwatering can also cause the plants roots to rot which would also attract earwigs to it.

  • If you don’t want to stop using mulch, it is a good idea to sprinkle it with boric acid or some other pesticide which can keep the earwigs away. Using boric acid is a good option since it can be very effective without causing any harm to pets or humans.

  • If you come across a nest of earwigs, be sure to use some pesticide on the nest. In some cases, you can even use the sprays and pesticides used to get rid of cockroaches with good results.

With these measures, you can at least make your yard uninhabitable for the earwigs. On the other hand, if they’re well and truly settled in and seem to be avoiding only the areas with boric acid and pesticides, it is a good idea to set some traps for them.

Making Use of Traps

To get rid of earwigs, you can place traps outside, near the areas that they frequent in order to cut down their numbers. Much like other bugs, earwigs can burrow in the ground so drawing them out can be challenging. Luckily these traps can help you a lot.

  • Trap No. 1 – For this, all you need is a small, shallow can such as an empty can of tuna. Dig a shallow hole in which you can fit the can. Cover it with dirt till the rim so that the can is buried and appears like a hole in the ground. Fill the can with sunflower oil or vegetable oil and line the sides with oil to make them slick and slippery. Make sure the quantity of the oil you use is enough to drown the earwigs. Check, empty and replace oil as needed until all earwigs disappear.

  • Trap No. 2 – You can use a shoebox for this trap. All you have to do is punch some holes in the bottom of the box and fill one end with some oatmeal or some bran. Once the earwigs are in, you can pick up the box and dump it to get rid of the earwigs. This trap might require more surveillance than the oil can trap, since the earwigs might be able to slip out of the box if you leave it alone for too long.

One way that you can make your work easier for you is by opting to get traps for earwigs straight from the professionals. These are effective and can work wonders in producing immediate results. In some cases, you should also consider getting professional services if you don’t have the time to make use of DIY solutions. Like any other pest, if you leave earwigs alone, they’re only going to feel welcomed and multiply.

Solutions Has Great Products For Earwig Control

There are a number of professional DIY chemicals which we sell here at Solutions Pest & Lawn that have proven to successfully get rid of earwigs.  For invasions in the home or outdoors in the garden, an insecticide containing Bifenthrin or permethrin such as Reclaim IT and Permethrin SFR can provide long lasting control. Mix these products into a hand sprayer and treat all around the foundation both indoors and outdoors.  Another great suggestion we would recommend is using Pyrid Aerosol for cracks and crevices indoors.

There are also dusts which you can use that are effective in killing earwigs and keeping them away like Essentria D Dust Insecticide and others.


We hope that with the help of your suggestions, earwigs will not be a problem in your home for long. For more helpful DIY advice, you can reach out to us by calling our phone number 800-479-6583 or send us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com.

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