GET RID OF EARWIGS
Before you call an earwig exterminator, make sure it’s an earwig, and take some personal steps.
FIRST DETECT THE PRESENCE OF EARWIGS
Examine your plants. If you suspect that some of your plants have been eaten by earwigs, take a flashlight and make a night visit. This will allow you to confirm it.
If you have a vegetable garden, inspect the cut flowers you bring home, maybe there is an earwig sleeping in it.
TRAP AND KILL EARWIGS
You can trap earwigs in at least 2 ways:
- Lay corrugated cardboard pieces rolled up on the floor and hold them with a rubber band.
- Turn flowerpots filled with wet newspaper upside down on the ground and lift them slightly with a small stone to leave a space where the earwigs can crawl. These traps will serve as a home for these insects.
The traps should be emptied each morning into a bucket of water with dish soap. This is a good way for you to totally exterminate pests.
Here is another way to trap them: You know that earwigs are very attracted to natural foods. So, you don’t need to use chemical baits: there are easier ways.
Take an empty can of sardines or other shallow container, fill it with simple oil or fish oil to the rim. This process attracts and traps many earwigs.
Another option is to place empty, unrinsed boxes of frozen juice near the foundation of your home and throughout your garden. Fill this box two-thirds full of soapy water, the same way as your trap.
Exterminate earwigs with diatomaceous earth
Diatomaceous earth, made from tiny aquatic organisms, easily kills the earwig. They rub themselves against it, scratch their bodies and die, on the spot, of dehydration.
Some insecticides are sometimes used in the case of heavy infestations. These insecticides are often more necessary outside than inside your home.
Leave your home for the duration of the earwig extermination and return 4 hours later. Take care to open the windows for 10 minutes. Do not walk barefoot on exterminated areas for 48 hours.
If, despite all this, the infestation persists, it is really important in your case.