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Controlling Earwigs - Naturally

UGH! Oh gross!  Both commonly heard right after an earwig is spotted. 

This long slender beetle does look pretty ferocious with its pinchers.   It will pinch if cornered, but usually runs away from us faster than we can run away from it.

Before spraying make sure the earwigs are causing enough damage to warrant control.  These pests are also beneficial in our landscapes.  Many species eat aphids and other plant-damaging insects. 

You may decide the plant damage and the nuisance factor outweigh the benefits. Try trapping these pests.  Like slugs, earwigs like cool dark damp locations.  Use the cardboard cylinder from the center of a paper towel roll.  Fill with straws and weatherize it by covering the outside of the cylinder with packing tape.  The earwigs hide amongst the straws during the day.  Each morning lift the cylinder and knock the earwigs into a container of soapy water.

A bit more information:  And, when earwigs move in the house you can easily vacuum them away.  Just be sure to empty the sweeper bag before putting it back in storage.   If they continue to move indoors, you need to fill in their port of entry.  Caulk around the basement windows and fill in any cracks where the earwigs are entering your home.

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