4 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Earwigs in the Garden

Earwig Control

Is your garden overrun with earwigs? Try these four natural remedies to get rid of them quickly.

How to Get Rid of Earwigs

1. Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth Powder
Get food-grade diatomaceous earth and sprinkle the white powder along the perimeter of the garden or around the base of the infested plants. Diatomaceous earth can kill earwigs by causing tiny cuts on their exoskeleton.

Earwig Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth will lose its effectiveness in wet conditions so don’t forget to re-apply after it rains. The food-grade version is also non-toxic to pets, and will work well against other common household pests including roaches and bed bugs.

2. Set a Damp Newspaper Trap
Leave some lightly-rolled damp newspaper around your garden for two or three days. Once the earwigs have moved in, discard the rolled newspaper into a bucket of soapy water to kill them. You can also use corrugated cardboard instead of newspaper.

Tuna Can Earwigs

3. Use a Tuna Can Trap
Embed an empty tuna can next to the earwig-infested plants then fill the tuna can with some vegetable oil. The earwigs will crawl in and drown.

4. Attract Natural Predators
If you want to think long-term then consider making your garden a more attractive home for natural predators like birds and lizards. For example, installing rock piles in your garden can be a good way to attract lizards as it provides cover for them.

Keeping backyard chickens is also a great way to control common household pests like earwigs, ticks, and fleas. You can catch the earwigs by using the damp newspaper trap then hand the newspaper over to the chickens for them to feast.

Sam at Organic Lesson

is the Founder of Organic Lesson. He started this site to share tips on using natural remedies at home when such options are available.