Best Ways to Get Rid of Earwigs

 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Earwigs 

Earwigs are also called pincher bugs, and they prefer to party on decaying plants. At a specific time of the year, earwigs can attack your home. Earwigs are given their nickname due to their pincers placed on the abdomen’s hind end.  These bugs are typically not dangerous, but if they get the chance to bite you, then it can hurt. The earwig uses their pincers to catch prey, catch their potential mate, and spar with other earwigs. Earwigs get attracted by dampness and decomposing vegetation. 

These bugs are active in the night and can be found in cracks, under logs, flower beds, rocks, and mulch. There is a myth about earwigs that they got their name because they like to crawl into people’s ears while sleeping. If you happen to see multiple earwigs in your house, there are a few simple tricks you try to get them out! 

    1.   Keep cleaning excess moisture around pipes.
    2.   Try and keep your cellar dry as much as you can.
    3. Move the position of the light to shoo away bugs.
    4. Ensure that the drainage system is away from your home.
    5. Throw away all decaying plants and wet leaves around the house.
    6. Grow and nurture repelling herbs around the house in good numbers.

Sprinkle a mixture of water and dish soap in the areas you wish to avoid pesticides. Try using warm water and a few drops of dish soap in a spray bottle, shake the bottle gently until the mixture appears soapy. Spray the mix at leaves to kill earwigs on your plants.

Sprinkle the mixture on damp corners in your garden and house where you have noticed the bugs before. Use an equal mix of alcohol and water in a spray bottle for a fast result; alcohol penetrates the waxy coat of armor of an earwig and immediately kills it.

Kill bugs in unreachable areas by sprinkling boric acid powder; this can kill earwigs immediately on contact as it is a natural insecticide. Ensure that the powder is away from the reach of pets and children, which may harm them if they came in contact. Boric acids are available at stores, or they can be bought online. Use the boric acid powder in any quantity as required, as long as it stays out of the reach of children and pets. It can also be spread around in damp corners or woodpiles in the garden where earwigs crawl through.

Create lighted traps to kill earwigs outside at night, use a bucket filled with 1-part dish soap and 4-parts warm water mixture, stir the combination until foams appear on the surface. Place the bucket at a spot with light from a lamp pointing at the surface of the mix; earwigs will drown in the bucket as they are drawn to light.

Using soy sauce and oil to create traps that catch and kill earwigs, Pour equal amounts of olive, soy sauce, vegetable oil in a plastic container. Create holes in the container’s plastic lid with a diameter of around 0.25inch and place it at the container’s mouth. The smell produced from concentration will allure the earwigs, and it will drown in the mix. Just keep in mind two simple things, the vessel should be filled up to 2.5 cm and if your garden is infested with earwigs, bury the container up to its lid.

The last trick is to roll a newspaper or use the cardboard center of a roll of paper towels. Keep it along the base of your plants, preferably in the evening. In the morning, tap the tube in a bucket to throw away the collected earwigs. This idea works well for household plants. 

Use a vacuum to deal with any earwigs that are concentrated in a particular area. Through this method, you can quickly clear out an area infected with vast numbers of earwigs immediately. Scout the nearby places to locate any eggs in the vicinity. You can either empty the bag into soapy water to kill earwigs or dispose of the pack.


There is nothing to fear about earwigs, they can pinch, and it hurts, but these bugs are not poisonous. We have suggested some natural ways to get rid of earwigs. Keep in mind natural predators of earwig are lizards, frogs, birds, and spiders. Just look for all these earwig eaters around your house, and the job is done; these predators will help you eliminate the earwig issue. Ensure using weather stripping to correctly seal all the house’s possible entry points, including the corners of the doors, windows, cracks in construction, and pipes.