5 Ways To Effectively Control Earwigs

Earwigs are slender insects popularly called pincher bugs with two pairs of wings; they might even produce a foul smelling liquid. This is a form of their defense and the other one is the pincers on the back of their abdomens. They use these pincers on rivals for safety. These obnoxious insects nest in clusters like ants due to a pheromone like secretion that attracts peers. Interestingly the wingless immature earwigs or the nymphs resemble their adults. These insects could vary from 5 to 25 mm in size and are mostly nocturnal. They can be found in damp cracks, under rocks and logs as well as mulch such as flowerbeds.

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Earwigs feed on plants and other insects; since they can fly they create a nuisance in gardens, patios, verandahs, balconies and other sit outs during the summer evenings. This could be possibly due to the fact that earwigs are attracted to light. So weather changes such as storms, rain or even cold can drive earwigs indoors especially into areas such as the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry rooms and also to other parts of the house. you will need to control earwigs in both indoor and outdoor environments so that you can completely protect your home from pesky earwigs.

How to control earwigs?

  • In order to get rid of these bugs, one must discover all of their hiding places. This is called the earwig detection process which is duly followed by the application of chemical insecticides. Start out by moving away all the clutter. Sorting landscape timbers, logs, decorative stones and firewood piles is advisable. All gutters and downspouts must drain away from the foundation. Turn all outdoor lights so that they face towards the house. That way the insects will fly away from the house and replace white bulbs with yellow ones.
  • Set up can traps all over the yard or garden. These could be cat food cans filled with 1/2″ (1.25 cm) of vegetable oil. Earwigs get attracted to these and ultimately drown in.
  • Rolling up old newspapers and placing them near the base of plants around sunset is a great way to trap these insects. These roll traps can be empties into buckets of water next morning.
  • Natural predators like toads and birds can be provided with food and shelter in the yard. They eat up these bugs and clear out the area.
  • Insecticides such as with Ortho® Home Defense MAX® Perimeter & Indoor Insect Killer can be applied to a house’s perimeter. Alpine pressurized insecticide spray, CY0kick aerosol or Ortho® Bug B Gon Garden & Landscape Insect Killer Ready-To-Spray can be applied all over woodpiles and porch foundations as well as on flower pots.

There are over 22 species of earwigs in USA alone. In case one of them is bothering you or your family, it is high time that you terminated these insects. Be it through natural methods or by pesticide application, anything effective must be employed to get rid of earwigs effectively from houses. But, please ensure that all chemical insecticides targeted at earwigs or any other bugs in the garden are sprayed out to around 2 feet (61 cm) away from the building’s foundation.

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