Earwigs In Your House – How to Get Rid of Them
To get rid of earwigs in your house (watch earwig video below) make sure there are no entrances for them to get in. I know that isn’t simple. So here’s what to do. One common entrance for earwigs is the ground floor windows. Make sure you check these windows thoroughly to make sure they are in good condition. You should check if the frames are well fitted.
If there is any cracks or damage, repair the frames to block all the holes so that earwigs can not enter the house through those places. To get rid of earwigs, roll up some newspaper with elastics, wet the paper with water which the earwigs love, then place around garden plants at night. In the morning, pick up the newspapers, roll up the ends, and throw them out in the garbage outside.
Here is a sure way to get rid of earwigs in house. Take a margarine container and make holes halfway up all around the container. Put vegetable oil about 1/4 full, put lid back on and just put the container where you know the the earwigs are. Guaranteed you will have earwigs the next day, and the next and so on. It’s amazing how this actually works. Then just throw the container away in the weekly garbage.
There is no way to fully get rid of earwigs. Brought here in 1907 by the Europeans, they are an invasive species that are eaten by many things. Earwigs have the ability to fly as well, with wings folded in their backs. But it is against their instinct.
In order to get earwigs out of your house, there are steps that need to be taken to keep them from coming into your home to begin with. Earwigs lay their eggs outside the home so these areas should be treated first with either pesticides or even boric acid. You will want to place the pesticides a few inches in the ground around your home since this is typically the way earwigs lay their eggs.
You will want to look at the areas inside the home where the earwigs may be coming in such as under the door jam and around windows. You will want to keep your home as clean as possible. Moisture attracts them so check for any possible areas in your home where water could accumulate. Your earwig dilemma should clear up in a few days.
Earwigs are a pest that do not damage the home. However they can be a real nuisance, and some reported allergic reactions have been know when they are in large numbers. Moisture and harborage are the key factors that you can control. If you have an infestation you can do a couple of different things. Get a vacuum and start vacuuming those insects, but do it quickly because they will scatter as soon as they are disturbed. Spreading an insecticide such as boric acid
Earwigs or Forficula auricularia are typically not harmful to humans. Earwigs do not bite and are not dangerous. Earwigs control requires the treatment of cracks. The first step in getting rid of earwigs is to eliminate all hiding places, in the house. You should also remove all leaf debris, wood piles and unturned pots. Any insect spray will get rid of earwigs in the house. You can go to your local store or hardware store to buy insect spray. Then spray your entire house. Focus around the baseboards, doors, and windows.
When it’s night time, you may notice you get a lot of earwigs in your basement. If your basement has damp and dark places you may want to purchase some Hot Shot Spider Killer. It can kill other house hold pests as well like earwigs. Also use some boric acid. Earwigs are colony insects and once they take root inside your home you are in for a fight so try to find the colony and vaccum them up. Then get rid of any wet area around the outside of your house using stone. Check your window screens and doors for entrances they can use. If everything is sealed up all you need to do it find them and kill them.
Lastly, but certainly not least of all, use EcoSMART Home Pest Control from your local hardware store to get rid of earwigs within your home. Spray around doorways and windows to create a barrier protecting your home from their entering. Understanding how earwigs work is the key in getting rid of them for good. These are some ways for you to get rid of earwigs in your house.