How to get rid of Earwigs

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Earwigs are small insects, but due to their aggressive appearance caused by the presence of a pair of pliers at the back of their abdomen, they have created a fearful reputation for themselves. So many people are afraid of these insects, also based on the myth according to which they enter the human ear during sleep and burst eardrums as they lay their eggs. In fact, earwigs use their pair of pliers for defensive purposes only, when they are attacked by predators or in order to clinch with rivals of the same species. They tend to live in large communities, due to a type of pheromone secreted by them, that draws them together in large numbers. This is why they can be considered pests that cause serious damage to various crops, many of them with great economic value: cabbage, celery, cauliflower, lettuce, potatoes, beet, cucumber, apples, pears, peaches and plums. Earwigs will consume both leaves and fruits of these plants, causing aesthetic damage, leaving holes about 3-11 mm in diameter, rendering the plants useless for selling.

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Depending on the area affected by earwigs, whether it’s your house, yard or garden, you can use several methods of repelling them. Keep in mind that alongside any steps you take to get rid of an infestation, you also must apply preventive measures, to make sure another infestation cannot occur later on.
You will be able to identify the damage made by earwigs by checking the leaves in your garden. They will be jagged and full of holes, plants will become ragged overnight and you’ll be able to see the damage especially after a rainy period, which forces the earwigs to climb up the plants and leaves.

How to get rid of earwigs from your yard or garden

As they are scavenger insects and like to eat decomposing plants and wet leaves, the first thing you need to do when dealing with an infestation, is to get rid of the things that might have attracted the insects to your property. Always, and with any type of pest, the first step you need to take is to get rid of their food source and shelter. After they invade your flowerbeds and gardens, earwigs will move towards your house, so make sure you are applying all the necessary deterring methods, to keep them away. Removal of the decaying matter from your yard and garden will help minimize the hospitable environment for earwigs, and they will be less likely to populate the area. You can also keep in check the way you irrigate your garden or water the grass in your yard, so that the soil is not overwatered and become a heaven for earwigs.
If you do not want to use chemical products, you can easily make traps from products you have around your house. You can use as bait vegetable oil placed in tin canes, spread all around your garden. The scent will attract the insects and as they crawl in the can, they will drown. You can then easily discard of the content and refill the tin can if needed. You can also use things as a rolled up newspaper or a shoebox with holes poked in it. By placing these at the basis of your plants or on your porch, you will see in the morning that the earwigs have gathered there for shelter before sunrise, and you can just pick the traps up and carefully empty them in a bucket of water. The insects will drown and you will be able to safely discard of them.

When it comes to non-chemical repelling methods, you can also encourage the population of earwigs predators around your property. Earwigs make a good meal for birds or toads, so by creating food and shelter opportunities for them, you will have them solve your infestation problem in return. Attract toads by allowing some plants in your yard to grow wild, but make sure they are not the ones closest to your house. You can also place bricks on the ground and lay boards across them, creating thus a shady environment which the toads will appreciate. You can draw birds by putting up bird feeders or nest boxes. Once they have something to attract them to your yard, they will find their earwig food source and take care of the infestation for yourself.
As they are nocturnal insects and get attracted to bright light during the nights, you should reduce the lighting you have outside, or turn off altogether the lights on your porch.

Sprayers used for Earwigs control:

The equipment needed for a professional Pest Control Operator depends on the type of pest the treatment is made against, and if the treated surface is indoors or outdoors. Sprayers help in applying products meant to reach difficult places, as well as guaranteeing an economic control of the treatment application.

  • birchmeier sprayer garden star - 1, small

    Garden Star

    €80.24

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • birchmeier sprayer iris 15 - 1, small

    Iris 15

    €302.14

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 15 litres
  • birchmeier sprayer profi star - 2, small

    Profi Star 5L

    €150.2

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • birchmeier sprayer rpd 15 abr - 1, small

    RPD 15 ABR

    €165.3

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 15 litres
  • eu birchmeier sprayer fogger spray matic 20s - 2, small

    Dispatch in 14 days

    Spray-Matic 20 S

    €998.35

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 20 litres
  • birchmeier sprayer spray matic 5p - 1, small

    Spray-Matic 5P

    €195.52

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • stihl sprayer sg 31 - 2, small

    SG 31

    €38.57

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Stihl

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • eu stihl sprayer fogger sg 21 - 6, small

    SG 21

    €25.85

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Stihl

      Tank Capacity:

    • 3 litres
  • eu stihl sprayer sg 71 - 7, small

    SG 71

    €121.45

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Stihl

      Tank Capacity:

    • 18 litres
  • eu solo sprayer 401 - 14, small

    401

    €14.59

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 1 litre
  • eu solo sprayer fogger 402 - 8, small

    402

    €16.62

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 2 litres
  • eu solo sprayer 408 - 5, small

    408

    €18.77

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • eu solo sprayer 409 - 3, small

    409

    €23.19

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 7 litres
  • eu solo sprayer 425 classic - 8, small

    Dispatch in 15 days

    425 Classic

    €118.54

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 15 litres
  • solo sprayer 425 comfort - 6, small

    425 Comfort

    €138.58

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 15 litres
  • eu solo sprayer 435 comfort - 7, small

    435 Comfort

    €133.99

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 20 litres
  • eu solo sprayer 453 trolley - 5, small

    453 Trolley

    €42.98

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 11 litres
  • eu solo sprayer fogger 456 - 14, small

    456

    €43.17

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • eu solo sprayer 457 - 4, small

    457

    €47.95

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 7 litres
  • eu solo sprayer 461 - 6, small

    461

    €28.69

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • eu solo sprayer 462 - 3, small

    462

    €34.03

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 7 litres
  • eu solo sprayer 473d - 6, small

    473D

    €95.39

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 10 litres
  • eu solo sprayer 475 - 5, small

    475

    €121.07

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 15 litres
  • eu volpi sprayer fogger elettroeasy - 7, small

    ElettroEASY

    €165.58

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Volpi

      Tank Capacity:

    • 15 litres
  • eu volpi sprayer tech 05 - 3, small

    Tech05

    €2.2

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Volpi

      Tank Capacity:

    • 0.5 litres
  • eu volpi sprayer fogger tech 1 - 1, small

    Tech1

    €2.09

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Volpi

      Tank Capacity:

    • 1 litre
  • volpi sprayer tech 2 - 1, small

    Tech 2

    €10.5

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Volpi

      Tank Capacity:

    • 2 litres
  • eu volpi sprayer fogger tech 6 - 1, small

    Tech 6

    €41.51

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Volpi

      Tank Capacity:

    • 6 litres
  • eu volpi sprayer tech 10 manometer - 1, small

    Tech 10 with Manometer

    €64.7

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Volpi

      Tank Capacity:

    • 10 litres
  • volpi sprayer tech 12 - 7, small

    Tech 12

    €62.01

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Volpi

      Tank Capacity:

    • 12 litres
  • volpi micronizer hood m3000 - 2, smallFree Shipping

    Micronizer HOOD M3000

    €84.47

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Volpi

      Tank Capacity:

    • 1 litre
  • volpi micronizer jolly m10v - 2, small

    Micronizer Jolly M10V

    €67.87

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Volpi

      Tank Capacity:

    • 10 litres
  • volpi micronizer m2000 - 2, small

    Micronizer M2000

    €79.93

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Volpi

      Tank Capacity:

    • 1 litre
  • igeba sprayer es 5 m 5 litre - 3, small

    ES 5 M

    €222.51

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Igeba

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • igeba sprayer es 10 m 10 litre - 0, small

    Dispatch in 30 days

    ES 10 M

    €265.64

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Igeba

      Tank Capacity:

    • 10 litres
  • eu gloria sprayer fogger 505t profiline - 6, small

    505T Profiline

    €216.07

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Gloria

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • gloria sprayer classic 1200 - 0, small

    Classic 1200

    €60.06

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Gloria

      Tank Capacity:

    • 12 litres
  • gloria sprayer classic 1800 - 0, small

    Classic 1800

    €72.08

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Gloria

      Tank Capacity:

    • 18 litres
  • eu gloria sprayer fogger hobby 10 - 5, small

    Hobby 10

    €9.44

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Gloria

      Tank Capacity:

    • 1 litre
  • eu gloria sprayer fogger prima 5 42e - 5, small

    Prima 5-42E

    €31.19

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Gloria

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • eu gloria sprayer fogger prima 8 - 4, small

    Prima 8

    €61.88

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Gloria

      Tank Capacity:

    • 8 litres
  • eu gloria sprayer fogger pro 10 - 3, small

    Pro 10

    €9.67

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Gloria

      Tank Capacity:

    • 1 litre
  • mesto sprayer 3594p resistant plus - 1, small

    3594P Resistent Plus

    €273.55

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 4 litres
  • mesto sprayer 3592p resistent extra plus - 3, small

    3592P Resistent Extra Plus

    €246.08

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • mesto sprayer 3615g inox - 1, small

    3615G Inox

    €308.36

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 10 litres
  • eu mesto sprayer fogger 3552 rs125 - 4, small

    3552 RS125

    €142.87

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 12 litres
  • eu mesto sprayer fogger 3232r flori - 6, small

    3232R Flori

    €34.18

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • eu mesto sprayer fogger 3237p primer - 3, small

    3237P Primer

    €48.48

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • mesto sprayer 3270 profi plus - 1, small

    3270P Profi Plus

    €128.31

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 10 litres
  • mesto sprayer 3541g stabilus - 1, small

    3541G Stabilus

    €323.6

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 18 litres
  • eu solo sprayer fogger 475 comfort - 5, small

    475 Comfort

    €141.78

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 15 litres
  • eu birchmeier sprayer fogger hobby star 5 - 4, small

    Hobby Star 5

    €55.54

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • eu birchmeier sprayer fogger super star 1 25 360 - 11, small

    Super Star 1.25-360

    €23.24

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 1.5 litres
  • eu birchmeier sprayer fogger foxy plus - 6, small

    Foxy Plus

    €8.26

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 0.5 litres
  • eu birchmeier sprayer fogger dr 5 - 13, small

    DR 5

    €172.1

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • eu solo sprayer 458 - 10, small

    458

    €56.5

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 9 litres
  • gloria sprayer 510t profiline - 1, small

    Dispatch in 1 days

    510T Profiline

    €312.8

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Gloria

      Tank Capacity:

    • 10 litres
  • eu mesto sprayer fogger 3270fo foamer - 5, small

    3270FO Foamer

    €146.74

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 8 litres
  • mesto sprayer 3132fo foamer - 2, small

    3132FO Foamer

    €24.37

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 1.5 litres
  • birchmeier sprayer foam matic 5e - 1, small

    Foam Matic 5E

    €290.86

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • birchmeier sprayer foam matic 5p - 1, small

    Foam Matic 5P

    €290.86

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • eu mesto sprayer fogger 3132pg universal plus - 3, small

    3132PG Universal Plus

    €18.04

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 1.5 litres
  • mesto sprayer 3132gr bugsi 360 - 1, small

    3132Gr Bugsi 360

    €17.87

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 1.5 litres
  • birchmeier accessories vario gun - 1, small

    Vario Gun

    €52.11

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier
  • eu solo sprayer 424 nova - 9, small

    424 Nova

    €92.32

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 16 litres
  • mesto sprayer 3595f inox plus - 1, small

    3595F Inox Plus

    €290.23

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 6 litres
  • eu birchmeier sprayer spray matic 5s - 6, small

    Spray-Matic 5 S

    €499.18

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • eu birchmeier sprayer maxi 1.0 - 1, small

    Maxi 1.0

    €72.77

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 1 litre
  • eu solo sprayer 404 - 1, small

    404

    €10.67

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 2 litres
  • eu volpi sprayer micronizer jolly m5v35 - 1, small

    Micronizer Jolly M5V35

    €88.04

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Volpi

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • eu birchmeier sprayer fogger bobby 0 5 - 7, small

    Bobby 0.5

    €31.23

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 0.5 litres
  • eu solo sprayer fogger 460 li - 1, small

    460 Li

    €29.1

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 1 litre
  • eu bg sprayer fogger n152 cc 18 ext ban - 0, small

    N152-CC-18 EXT/BAN

    €361.13

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • B&G Equipment

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • eu bg sprayer fogger n74 cc 18 rg - 0, small

    N74-CC-18-RG

    €506.77

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • B&G Equipment

      Tank Capacity:

    • 2 litres
  • eu mesto sprayer fogger 3130le - 1, small

    3130LE

    €24.91

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 1.5 litres
  • eu mesto sprayer fogger 3591pc - 0, small

    3591PC

    €280.71

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • eu mesto sprayer fogger 3593pc - 0, small

    3593PC

    €299.55

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 4 litres
  • eu mesto sprayer fogger 3598bm - 0, small

    3598BM

    €442.79

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 7.5 litres
  • eu mesto sprayer fogger 3598p - 0, small

    3598P

    €308.01

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 6 litres
  • eu mesto sprayer fogger 3618bm - 1, small

    3618BM

    €470.54

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 10 litres
  • eu mesto sprayer fogger 3618p - 0, small

    3618P

    €350.16

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Mesto

      Tank Capacity:

    • 10 litres
  • eu solo sprayer fogger 301 b cleaner - 0, small

    301 B Cleaner

    €19.03

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 1.25 litres
  • eu solo sprayer fogger 302 b cleaner - 0, small

    302 B Cleaner

    €21.88

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 2 litres
  • eu solo sprayer fogger 307 a cleaner - 0, small

    307 A Cleaner

    €85.95

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 7 litres
  • eu solo sprayer fogger 307 b cleaner - 0, small

    307 B Cleaner

    €85.95

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 7 litres
  • eu birchmeier sprayer accu star 8 - 0, small

    Dispatch in 14 days

    Accu Star 8

    €142.7

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 8 litres
  • eu birchmeier sprayer astro 5 - 0, small

    Dispatch in 14 days

    Astro 5

    €87.89

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 5 litres
  • eu birchmeier sprayer disinfecta - 0, small

    Desinfecta+

    €8.73

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Sprayers Hand

      Manufacturer:

    • Birchmeier

      Tank Capacity:

    • 0.5 litres

Mist Blowers used for Earwigs control:

Mist blowers are also useful for treatment application, as they use a very low volume application rate per unit area / space, that guarantees economic control of pests.

  • eu stihl sprayer sr 200 - 7, small

    SR 200

    €397.2

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Mist Blowers

      Manufacturer:

    • Stihl

      Tank Capacity:

    • 10 litres
  • eu stihl sprayer fogger sr 430 - 8, small

    Dispatch in 2 days

    SR 430

    €428.77

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Mist Blowers

      Manufacturer:

    • Stihl

      Tank Capacity:

    • 14 litres
  • eu stihl sprayer sr 450 - 6, small

    Dispatch in 2 days

    SR 450

    €461.6

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Mist Blowers

      Manufacturer:

    • Stihl

      Tank Capacity:

    • 14 litres
  • eu solo sprayer fogger master 452 01 - 1, small

    Master 452-01

    €421.69

      Type of Apparatus:

    • Mist Blowers

      Manufacturer:

    • Solo

      Tank Capacity:

    • 12 litres

How to get rid of earwigs inside your house

Other ways of getting rid of earwigs is by using organic substances such as boric acid or Diatomaceous Earth, or even alcohol. The latter acts as a wetting agent which penetrates the insect’s waxy coat and kill it. You can mix ethanol and water in equal parts and spray the mixture when you see a congregation of these insects, as it will quickly kill them.
The boric acid can be placed in your yard and garden alongside boards, but also inside your house in cracks or in other hard to reach places. Boric acid is a natural insecticide that is used successfully against many types of insects, as it is neither dangerous to humans or animals. Because this insecticide comes in the form of powder and is only effective when insects come in direct contact with it, it can be used more effectively inside rather than outside, where it can be washed away by rain.
The same as with boric acid, Diatomaceous Earth can be used for a long-lasting protection. In the form of tiny fossilised aquatic organisms, that look and act like broken glass under the microscope, DE cuts the insect’s outer layer, causing its death through dehydration. It contains no toxic powders, as it is an organic substance. It is no longer effective once moisture hits it, so you will need to reapply it often, if the case.

Spraying concentrated insecticides for Earwigs control:

Concentrated insecticides are the most common used products in fighting insect infestations. They provide the safety that any insect coming into contact with the treated surfaces dies shortly.

Should you be willing to use an aerosol insecticide approved for indoor use, you can spray it on your baseboards, inside of cabinets and other hiding places. You can also use other chemical products such as granules and apply them inside your house to kill the earwigs at contact, or even use roach traps.

In you can also get rid of the earwigs from your house through exclusion methods by installing tight-fitting screens, weather-stripping around doors and windows, and caulking cracks and crevices in the walls of your house. Rub eucalyptus oil on window ledges and door frames to discourage entry by earwigs, and get rid of damp conditions around your foundation, so that earwigs do not get attracted to it. You can physically remove them through vacuuming, which should be often used, in order to remove any insects  that remained hidden. You can also avoid having earwigs visiting your house if you keep it dry and clean.

As in the yard and garden, these insects will be attracted to moisture and places where they can find safe shelter. If in the yard you need to remove piles of lumber, bricks, or other stacked items that create clusters of tight spaces, to eliminate vegetation and other ground coverings near homes and buildings, to trim back trees and shrubs from walls and roofs, and to keep gutters clear of leaves and other debris, inside the house you will need to keep a constant level of sanitation. This includes often vacuuming, keeping places such as the kitchen clear of food debris and the bathroom dry and airy.
On the outside, make sure the gutters lead the water away from your foundation and trim the weeds from around your house. You can also drop a border of gravel around your house, to make sure you make the access more difficult for earwigs. Avoid growing susceptible plants near walls covered in ivy or hedges, as many earwigs might live in these areas. If you prefer to have plants around your house, might as well plant deterrent ones, such as s mint, basil and lemon thyme, as they deter many other insects, not only earwigs. And when bringing things into the house, always check them for insects, whether they are laundry, lawn furniture, flowers, vegetables, and firewood.

While pesticide application can go a long way to reduce such infestations, total population control can best be achieved by eliminating existing conditions that attract and support the earwigs on your property. Keep in mind to always apply preventive measures, even after you have managed to remove the infestation from your property, as this way, you will make sure these insects are not likely to return. For such methods, visit our related article ‘Prevent infestation with earwigs‘.

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