Earwigs are one of the most misunderstood insects, misunderstood due to the false belief that they get into a person’s brain through the ear, hence the name. In actuality, earwigs are neither dangerous nor do they get into the brain; they are just crawling insects that are attracted to fruit and vegetables and in the process make their way into your home. Following are some tips on how to get rid of earwigs naturally.
Step 1: Keep Away from Green Plants
Stay clear of plants and vegetables in your garden that hold a special attraction for earwigs. These insects tend to congregate in great numbers there and if you happen to pick up that particular plant, they will get inside your home causing destruction. Avoid over watering the plants in your garden because earwigs like moist and damp places and conditions and this encourages their growth. Also spray soapy water on those plants that are close to your house to discourage earwigs.
Step 2: Use Vapor Lights
At night sodium vapor lights are better than bright white lights for earwigs because white lights attract the rest of the earwigs. White lights are acceptable if you want to catch the earwigs. Place a bowl of soapy water under the white lights, and the earwigs will fall into the bowl and drown.
Step 3: Trap Earwigs in Newspapers
Since earwigs like moist places and vegetable oil, try dampening a newspaper and rolling it up. Add drops of vegetable or fish oil in the newspaper and keep it where you know the earwigs will crawl into it. Soon after crawling into these newspapers they get stuck and be will be unable to crawl back out, eventually dying.
Step 4: Dry Out Moist Areas in and Around your House
Deal with all the moist areas in your house. Go all around your house and check out places like fountain, ponds or just general moist patches and dry them out. Remember earwigs are attracted to moist and damp areas and once dry, they will move away.
Step 5: Apply Boric Acid
Boric acid powder is a natural insecticide that is easily available and effective at killing all the bugs. Spread the boric acid evenly over all the suspect areas like windows fittings and doors, cracks and baseboards. Boric acid is digested by these insects and then it swells up in their stomachs killing them fast. Killing with boric acid is quick and easy provided you take extra care if you have children or pets in your house. Make sure you put the powder in places where the children or pets can’t get to it, like under or behind furniture.
Step 6: Keep a Clean House
Once the earwig menace is tackled, make sure they don’t come again. If you clean your house thoroughly checking every nook and cranny, chances are you will not have any problem with earwigs revisiting your home. Vacuuming is a great help in getting into difficult areas and removing earwigs that are hiding under furniture and boxes. Good luck!