Beliefs about earwigs are certainly not true. They said that earwigs got its name because it enters the human brain by the ears. Earwigs are not dangerous and they do not go into the brain. They are insects that crawl in your house especially if you have stored fruits and vegetable – earwigs are attracted to them.
Earwigs do not reside inside your home. They just crawl inside your home. To prevent them from entering your home, check your windows and doors of any opening that serves as their entry point. Earwigs like moist and damp places. They hide in dark areas outdoor. To avoid earwigs around your home, take away logs, leaves and other dirt. If the infestation is serious, putting stones around the house may help. Bird baths and bird feeders may also eliminate earwigs because they eat them. If earwigs are destroying your plants, a can of vegetable oil or bacon grease can eliminate them.
Using pesticides may help eliminate them, but you need to let them in first before killing them. Here are other ways of eliminating earwigs in your home.
- Keep green plants away. Earwigs like plants, fruits and vegetables so it is best to keep plants away from your home. Earwigs infest your plants and if you happen to take the plants inside your home, you are also taking the earwigs with you. Earwigs can destruct your home and furniture. Watering your plants is also popular for earwigs because they like damp and moist areas. Spraying water with soap can eliminate earwigs from the plants.
- Make use of vapor lights. Avoid using white lights because they attract earwigs but if you want to catch them – then using white light is advisable. Place a can with soapy water under the light so earwigs will fall into it and drown themselves.
- Use paper traps. Dampening a newspaper with water or vegetable oil is effective in catching earwigs. Roll the newspaper with a rubber band and place it where earwigs are frequent. Earwigs will crawl inside the newspaper and will die there because they cannot bring themselves out anymore. Throw away the newspaper every morning and remember not to use them as compost for your garden.
- Dry moist areas in your home. Check all areas in the house such as pool, ponds, bird bath and fountains. Dry them to avoid earwig infestation. Since earwigs are attracted to moist and damp, they will stay away from these areas consequently eliminating them around your house.
- Boric acid. Use boric acid to naturally kill earwigs. Applying them in your home can be very effective in getting rid of earwigs. Apply boric acid on areas where earwigs pass by like windows, doors, holes, floor, etc. While boric acid is effective in killing insects, be careful in using them because it can be dangerous for children and other pets in the house. Apply it in places that are not easy to reach for children and pets. If you need to store them, place them where they can’t be easily reach.
- continue your house clean. A clean house will not just prevent earwigs but other insects and pests in addition. Make sure that your house is clean to avoid pest’s infestation. Also, after eliminating the earwigs, continue the cleanliness of your house so they won’t keep coming back.
- Eliminate earwig’s hiding place. This includes the areas such as log piles, leaf or trunk debris, and stepping stones in your garden.
Although earwigs are not dangerous, you should be careful not to touch them because their bite can be very painful. They usually hide on daytime so use your traps at night when they go out of their place. In some situations, earwigs can be advantageous in the garden because they kill other insects in the garden such as snails, aphids, and other night pests. They do not cause any disease but is really creepy to look at. There are a total of 22 types of earwigs only in the United States. They eat fruits, vegetables, insects and molds. Sealing the fractures and holes in your home can prevent them from going in and affect your living.