How to Get Rid of Earwigs or “Pincher Bugs”

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What Are Earwigs?

The earwig is a bug that has a bad reputation. They don’t actually crawl into ears while you sleep, though. The name comes from an old English word meaning “ear wiggler” or “ear creature.”

You may have heard that when you are in your ear, these insects can get into the brain and lay eggs. This is false. These bugs do not want to go into your ear.

Female bugs have straight pincers. Male bugs have curved pincers with spikes. These sharp weapons are used for both attacking and defending. The common earwig is about 5/8 inch long and they are dark brown with a red head and pale yellow-brown legs.

Damage caused by earwigs

Earwigs are insects that are usually found in areas that are damp, such as under mulch and dead leaves. They also live in rotted wood where they eat the plants nearby. Earwigs do not attack living plants too often, but they can ruin the ones around them if they try to eat them.

There are many bugs that accidentally come into our homes. Earwigs, crickets, and ladybugs can all enter our house when they are looking for shelter or when they get lost.

Earwigs do not cause any harm or destruction. They are just an annoyance, like a nuisance. If you push them, they might make a bad smell.

Where Do Earwigs Live?

Earwigs are bugs that live outside. They like dark places and moist environments. They hide during the day under leaves, in ground-level debris outdoors, stones, garden mulch, under loose tree bark and cracks and crevices of trunks.

Earwigs only run when they are disturbed. They might run into your house and be mistaken for a cockroach.

Some bugs come out at night to eat rotting organic things and other insects.

Earrwig eggs are small, oval and white. They are laid in batches of 30 to 60 in nests far from your ears. This happens during the fall to spring season.

Earwig Risks

Looks can be wrong. Some earwigs have claws that look scary. But they are used to protect themselves and to get food, not to hurt people or bite them.

All in all, earwigs are not dangerous. They don’t usually bite people or spread disease. But you could get pinched by their “claws” if you pick up an earwig. The pinch might hurt, but their pincers don’t have venom. But they can cause trouble, such as messing up gardens and fruit trees with their pincers and slowing down the growth of young seedlings with them too.

Management of earwigs

You can sweep earwigs found inside your house. You can also use insecticides that will kill them and other bugs in the cracks of your house. But we do not think they will work very well, because more earwigs might come from outside.

Outside, there are many ways to prevent earwigs from coming. You can make your house less attractive by reducing outside lighting and making the landscape less attractive.

Earwigs like to live near water. So you need to get rid of them. Get rid of any water sources close by, like near the house’s faucet or air conditioning unit. Channel any water away from the house so it doesn’t go under it and cause dampness. Remove all mulch and gravel from against the house too.

To prevent people from entering your home, use caulking material around the door and windows. Putty and weather stripping are also good to use.

Some people report that they can get rid of earwigs in and around the house by trapping them. Put burlap bags, boards, newspapers or other materials on top of mulch, shrubs and other habitats.

Collect earwigs. Spray insecticides around your house to stop them from coming inside.

You will need to apply an insecticide labeled for this purpose and according to the directions on the label. You should do it in the late afternoon. Use enough water (or post-treatment irrigation) so that the insecticide can move through mulch materials down to where pests hide.

How to Prevent Earwigs

If you have earwigs in your home, there are three ways to get them out :

1.Cover the cracks around windows and doors. Clear away any debris that might be near the house. Earwigs like to live in moist places that are covered, such as mulch, leaf piles and grass clippings.

Keep your house clear of bugs that live in the house. In order to do this, you need to make sure your windows and doors are not dirty. This will help make sure bugs don’t come inside. You also want to make sure rain water is not staying on the outside of the house because it can cause moisture which attracts bugs.

2. You can use corrugated cardboard. Put some food on it, then roll it up.

Once the earwigs come inside, you can put them in a bag and throw it away. Or you can put them in an oil container and they will die.

You can drown earwigs by putting cups of oil near their homes. You need to leave room at the top so they will be able to get inside and then drown.

3. Spray the outside of your home with pesticides. Read all the instructions carefully.