How to Get Rid of Earwigs in Home

Facts and Effective Prevention Methods for dealing with Earwigs

With their distinctive pincers and nocturnal (night-time) habits, Earwigs are often misunderstood creatures, but, they can also become unwelcome guests in our homes and gardens.

Understanding their behavior and employing effective prevention methods can help mitigate their presence and maintain a harmonious living environment.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the fascinating world of earwigs, explore their habits, and provide practical tips to prevent their intrusion into your home or garden.

What are Earwigs?

close up image of an earwig
What is an Earwig –

Earwigs belong to the order Dermaptera and are characterized by their elongated bodies, slender antennae, and distinctive forceps-like cerci at the end of their abdomen.

Contrary to popular belief, earwigs do not crawl into human ears, but they are known for their nocturnal activities and preference for dark, damp environments.

Additionally, and most importantly, earwigs are creepy crawly insects – that most people prefer not to have running loose in their homes.

Critical Facts About Earwigs:

1. Nocturnal Creatures:

Earwigs are primarily active at night, seeking shelter during the day in moist, dark places such as under rocks, mulch, or debris.

2. Omnivorous Diet:

image earwigs eating leaves in garden
Earwigs Damaging Garden Plants – courtesy:

Earwigs are opportunistic feeders, consuming a wide range of organic matter, including decaying plant material, insects, and occasionally young plants.

3. Reproductive Habits:

Female earwigs lay eggs in underground burrows during winter, with nymphs emerging in spring. Earwigs undergo incomplete metamorphosis, molting several times before reaching adulthood.

4. Natural Predators:

While earwigs may be considered pests by humans, they serve as prey for birds, toads, and other insect-eating animals, contributing to the ecosystem’s balance.

The Most Effective Earwig Prevention Methods:

Now that we’ve gained insight into earwig behavior let’s explore practical strategies to prevent their intrusion into your home or garden.

1) Maintain Cleanliness:

Clear Debris: Remove leaf litter, mulch, and other organic debris around your home’s foundation and garden beds, as these provide ideal earwig-hiding spots.

leafy litter in garden area
Leafy Litter attracts Earwigs –

Reduce Moisture: Address any sources of excess moisture, such as leaky faucets or clogged gutters, to create a less hospitable earwig environment.

2) Seal Entry Points:

Caulk Cracks: Inspect the exterior of your home for cracks, gaps, and openings, sealing them with caulk or weatherstripping to prevent earwigs from entering.

Install Door Sweeps: Place door sweeps on exterior doors to create a barrier against crawling pests like earwigs.

3) Use Natural Deterrents

Diatomaceous Earth:

Sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of your home and garden to create a barrier that earwigs are reluctant to cross.
Beneficial Plants: Plant aromatic herbs such as basil, mint, or lavender around your garden, as these may deter earwigs with their strong scents.

4)   Use Traps and Barriers:

DIY Traps: Set up simple traps using rolled newspaper or cardboard tubes filled with straw or damp newspaper. Check these traps regularly and dispose of captured earwigs away from your home.

image of diy earwig trap
Rolled up Cardboard as a DIY Earwig Trap –

Copper Tape: Apply copper tape around plant pots or raised beds to create a barrier that repels earwigs sensitive to the metal’s electrical charge.

Video:  Two Simple Traps to Get Rid of Earwigs:


5)  Do Regular Maintenance:

Prune Vegetation: Trim overgrown vegetation and shrubs near your home to eliminate potential harborage sites for earwigs.
Monitor Moisture Levels: Keep an eye on moisture levels in your garden, watering plants early in the day to allow for adequate drying time and reduce attractiveness to earwigs.


With their nocturnal habits and penchant for moist environments, earwigs can challenge homeowners and gardeners.

You can significantly eliminate earwigs from your home by implementing proactive prevention methods such as maintaining cleanliness, sealing entry points, using natural deterrents, and setting traps and barriers..

In addition, by practicing regular maintenance, you can ensure a reduced earwig presence, protecting your home and garden from infestation.

With some diligence and persistence, you will enjoy a pest-free environment and peace of mind, knowing that you’ve taken steps to keep earwigs at bay.

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Kevin Carroll
Kevin Carroll
Kevin is the author and editor for Best Home Gear, and uses his 25+ years experience in Commercial and Residential Construction Management to author and publish the work for this website. In addition to publishing Best Home Gear; Kevin enjoys the outdoors in Michigan and Arizona, hiking, cycling, fishing, golf, and completing DIY projects at his Home and Garden.


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