Earwigs, the legend goes, will crawl into people’s ears at night and burrow into their brains. Fortunately, that’s a myth (earwigs are actually relatively harmless to humans), but earwigs are pests nonetheless and earwig control is important. Earwigs are easily recognizable by their pincers at the ends of their abdomen. They are dark reddish-brown, with light brown legs, and are about 5/8 inch long. Here, learn 5 steps to effective earwig control.
Step 1: Ensure that the areas around the foundation of your house are dry. Earwigs are attracted to moisture. Areas around the foundation of your house where water drains into the soil are common places for earwig colonies; you can put drainage pipes or even just some gravel around those areas to improve drainage. Also eliminate piles of wood, thick shrubs, and other debris that can get and stay wet – remove them to create a clear, dry 6-foot or so perimeter around the foundation of your home.
Step 2: Make sure that access points into your home are sealed well. Earwigs get into your home through ground-level windows, doors, and cracks. For effective earwig control, ensure that all windows and doors completely seal (that will help you save on energy costs, too). Ensure that your weather stripping around windows and doors is crack-free and fits well to create a tight seal. Also ensure that areas around the window and door frames, vents, and other potential access points are well-sealed with caulk.
Step 3: Vacuum the colony and their eggs. To remove an earwig colony inside your home, you can vacuum it up. Beware that the earwigs will scatter once you start to vacuum, so be ready to move fast. Ensure that you get all of the eggs as well. And dispose of the vacuum bag in an outside sealed garbage immediately.
Step 4: Use residual pesticides for earwig control inside your home. Removing the earwig “habitats” (steps 1-3) is a critical element of permanently getting rid of an earwig infestation. But you’ll have to use pesticides to kill the earwigs that are already in and around your home. They can be controlled inside your home with residual insecticides like boric acid. Make sure to get baseboards, cracks, and hard-to-reach places. Remember that boric acid only works if the earwigs come in contract with the powder, so you’ll need to get it where they’re at.
Step 5: Use granule pesticide treatments for earwig control outside. Outside, achieve earwig control with a granule pesticide. Spread the granules in a 6-10 foot perimeter around the foundation of your home. Then spray the granules lightly with ways to activate the poison and help it seep into the ground.
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