They do eat at night and look for dark, cool, damp places to hang out during the day. Some common hiding places are under organic matter, such as mulch, pine grass, fallen leaves and other debris, loose wood mulch, rotting matter, rotten fruit on the ground, wood on the ground, boards or branches, vines, or thick The growth of the lids and flower pots, any damp things will shade and protect them from the sun. Apart from hiding in the piles of firewood that we haven’t used last year, let us not forget to hang out in the wooded shed outside. You have not been in for years. Although earwigs are scavengers that eat dead insects and decompose plant materials, they can also eat live plants, destroy your vegetables, and feed on the flowers of plants, including marigolds, petunia, hibiscus, and many other plants. The stem borer leaves many small holes in plant leaves and flowers.

When you have a large number of ear borers, seedlings and most flowering plants may be severely damaged or even die (coffee powder will play a protective role). Earwigs can produce large populations fairly quickly and can become a major problem for homeowners overnight! They are attracted by lights, so they will be attracted by any lights that are on when they come in at night; and any lights that are turned on during the day will cause them to hang there, especially if it is a cool area. Fake ears can be found in most homes. They can be entered through entrances such as doors and windows, through broken walls and any broken openings, broken screens. They do play a beneficial role in the landscape and have proven to be important predators of aphids, mites, most insect eggs, and most soft insects (such as whiteflies). They do have a very unpleasant smell when crushed.

Some natural control

Tip: Fake ears will be attracted by moisture

Control the water outside the house. Fix any leaks. Switch to a drip irrigation system to keep the water underground. Regularly control weeds and clean up dead debris. Eliminate high-humidity areas around walls, coverings, under stones, wooden boards, etc. Control the damp conditions around crawl spaces, faucets and foundations. Change the landscape by immediately creating a dry boundary around the house walls. Gravel or flat stones can be an attractive barrier against invaders of stem borers and other pests. Rain gutters should lead water away from the house. Caulk or use weather strips at all possible entrances, such as doors, windows, pipes, repair screens, doors and windows. In areas with false ear problems, eliminate hiding places with high moisture content. Start a regular daily trapping plan. Removal of the borer habitat is very important for the control of all insects including the borer. Because they were attracted by the lights, they stopped lighting outside at night. Remove the white light and install the yellow LED light.

Inside the house

Indoor hanging ears should be vacuumed every day; be sure to kill them, then throw them in a plastic bag, tie them up and throw them into the trash can, so that they will not invade again. If earwigs are a common problem in buildings, check the area to understand how they enter the house and seal and plug cracks and all entry points. Repair all broken screens.

Natural spray

Essential oil spray

You can make a natural spray to prevent them from entering the house.Use any available essential oil under 1/2 ounce per gallon of water

1. Citronella oil

2. Cinnamon oil

3. Peppermint oil

4. Clove oil

5.Lavender oil


7. Basil

8. Any natural essential oil can be used. The above are just a few. Try your own.

Citrus spray uses OTKO natural citrus cleaner. Spray directly through the sprayer. Will kill the borer and most insects on contact. Use any natural castile soap for the soap spray, such as Dr Bronners soap. They produce mint, lavender, almonds, tea trees and many other natural resources. Use 1 ounce per gallon of water. Will kill earwigs when sprayed.

DE SPRAY Gadren Grade DE can be added to water for spraying. The best way is to put some DE in pantyhose and suspend it in gallons of water. Sit down, pour into a gallon sprayer and spray. After drying, de will act as a barrier and kill the earwigs that crawl over it. You can use it only to dust the area.


Vacuum, vacuum and vacuum…

Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any earwigs in the house. Vacuum very thoroughly, and as often as needed. Throw the bag in the trash can.

Natural dust

Garden Grade DE can be used as dust around the house and under the house and attic. Dust gently and allow to sit down.

Boric acid can be used as dust in cracks between house walls and other areas.

Reduce population:

The trap in the house is a continuous way for you to regularly manage the ear borers in your house.

Various traps

Ultimate Flea Trap is by far the best insect trap on the market. This one does not use chemicals and only uses a small lamp with a sticky cushion to catch insects attracted by the light. Put one in every room with earwigs. It is also suitable for fleas (hence the name) as well as spiders, cockroaches and most other insects.


Remove materials that can be used as hiding places around the building, such as ivy, plant debris, leaves in drains, old wooden stakes, old fallen leaves, piles of newspapers, or other organic materials. Pack and repair cracks, cracks and other openings around the foundation or around the exterior of the house. Manage the moisture around the building by repairing or replacing leaking faucets, leaking air conditioners, and leaking drain pipes, control the water that enters the foundation after rain, and provide crawl space that allows entry. Repair or change conditions to promote a drier environment. Grout and weather strip around the door. Windows. Bathroom water outlet and power socket.

They can hide in any dark area inside. The cardboard box will be a good place for them to hang out in the house. Remove any other debris, such as old unused firewood. Always repair any defective rain spouts, maintain the slope in an area so that water can drain from the home, and maintain proper ventilation in the crawl space to dry the area, so as to always keep moisture away from the home.

Earwigs are attracted by outdoor lights, so changing to yellow LED lights is less attractive to earworms. The treatment should be carried out outdoors, and garden-grade DE should be naturally applied around the building foundation, flower bed, covered area and turf within a few yards of the building and the crawl space area of ​​the house. Place two foot straps around the building near the foundation to limit the entry of sting insects. Create a dry boundary around the bottom of the house for good control.

Trap outside

Newspaper: Rolled up wet newspaper held together with rubber bands.

Cardboard box: Punch a pencil-sized hole along the bottom edge of the cardboard box.

Old garden hose: 12-24 inch garden hose

Used cat food is fine. Add 1/2 inch of any type of beer or wine.

Tupperware: Use plastic containers such as Tupperware. Punch holes along the top edge of the bathtub, add 2 inches of cheap wine, close the lid and sink into the ground.

Finch Bird House can be used as a housing unit, where you can place an 8-ounce plastic cup full of beer or wine 1/2. I will try each one to see which one is the most attractive.

Trapping is an effective and simple way to reduce the number of ear borers.

One of the key elements of the natural false ear management plan is the daily active trapping system. Before dark, place bird traps out of sight in the entire yard. In the morning, shake them out of the trap with a bucket of Dr Bronners soap/water or any natural soap and water. Keep trapping until you no longer catch any earwigs. The trap can be hidden near bushes and ground cover, or facing the house. For fruit trees, keep weeds, shrubs, and suckers (always trimmed) away from the roots throughout the year, as they provide refuge for borers, snails, and other creatures. Monitor the population by counting the number of earwigs caught in the trap.

Destroy their habitat:

Changing the habitat around the garden will reduce the number and damage of ear borers. Get rid of their hiding places: planks, weeds, stakes, plant debris, fallen leaves, and any other objects that will create a dark and damp hiding place. Do not plant dense ground cover plants such as ivy, mint, and herbs next to vegetables or gardens. Grow fragile seedlings indoors until they can withstand some chewing. Or start them on an outdoor table, with the legs protected by an adhesive barrier.

Some people advise against using organic mulch because they say it provides shelter for pests such as borers and spiders. I have the opposite view, that organic mulch provides a diversified hunting area for earwigs, which can protect your plants and meet the needs of the earth. It is easy to keep the mulch clean by dusting with garden grade several times a year or before and after each application of a new mulch. Spraying the covering with any natural soap can also control them.

Andy Lopez

Invisible Gardener

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