How to Get Rid of Earwigs Using Natural Home Remedies


Earwigs are one of the most recognizable pests due to the pincers at the end of their body. Earwigs aren’t known for being dangerous but you probably don’t want them to have free reign to wander around your house. Here are our top suggestions for getting rid of earwigs using natural home remedies.

1. Apply Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Food-grade diatomaceous earth has an abrasive property that can help eliminate soft-bodied insects like earwigs. Sprinkle a very fine layer of the powder along the surface of the house where earwigs are commonly sighted. This powder can get dusty so we suggest wearing a face mask while the powder is being applied (keep pets and young children away). The results won’t be immediate but any earwigs that crawl through the powder should gradually die from losing the fats and oils from their exoskeleton.

2. Set Up Glue Traps on the Floor

You could also consider setting up non-toxic glue traps to capture the elusive earwigs. It helps to buy glue traps that are pre-baited so it’s more likely for the earwigs to wander onto the sticky glue surface. Be aggressive and set up many of these glue traps around the house or yard space.

3. Take Away the Moisture

Earwigs are attracted to moisture so it’s important to control the high-moisture areas in the house. This may require a couple of steps such as fixing leaking faucets and pipes, as well as running the dehumidifier regularly in areas like the basement and bathroom.

Humidity will also attract other pests like drain gnats and ants. It’s important to get rid of all the excess moisture to keep your house clear of pests.

4. Set up a Damp Newspaper Trap

This is a very simple earwig trap that can be used for outdoor infestations. Just scrunch up some damp newspaper and place them around the yard and garden bed. The idea is to use the dampness of the newspaper to attract them to the trap. You can then pick up the newspaper the next morning and discard them accordingly.