How to Control Earwigs Naturally

They eat at night and do wander in dark, cool, humid places during the day. Some common hiding places are organic matter, such as mulch, pine stalks, fallen leaves and other debris, loose sawdust mulch, rotten material, rotten fruit, wood on the ground, planks or branches, dense trees or vines growing or Thick mulch and flower pots, anything wet will shade and protect them from the sun. Except hiding in the woodpile, you haven’t used it last year. Let us not forget to wander in that small wooden shed. You have returned. You have not been there for many years. Ears are scavengers that can eat dead insects and decompose plant materials. They can also eat live plants, destroy vegetables, and feed on the flowers of marigolds, petunia, hibiscus and many other plants. The wig leaves many small holes in the leaves and flowers of the plant.

When you have a lot of wigs, seedlings and most flowering plants will be severely damaged or even killed (coffee powder will play a protective role). Wig may quickly generate a large population and may become a major problem for homeowners all night! They are attracted by the lights, so they will be attracted by all the lights that are lit at night; and all the lights used during the day, if the weather is cool, they will hang there, especially outside. Wig can be found in most homes and can be entered through entrances such as doors and windows, through broken walls and any broken openings, broken screens. They do play a beneficial role in the landscape and have been shown to be important carnivores for aphids, mites, most insect eggs and most soft insects (such as flies). When crushed, they do have a very unpleasant smell.

Some natural control

Tip: Wigs are attracted by moisture

Control the water outside the house. Repair any leaks. Switch to a drip irrigation system to keep the water underground. Regularly control weeds and clean up dead spots. Eliminate areas with high humidity around walls, coverings, stones, boards, etc. Control the crawl space along the foundation, the humid environment in the tap. Change the landscape by immediately creating a dry border around the house walls. Gravel or flat stones can form an attractive barrier to ear and other pest invaders. Rain gutters should lead water out of the house. Caulk or use weather strips at all possible entry points (such as doors, windows, ducts, maintenance screens, doors and windows). If there is a problem with ear hair, please remove the hiding place with high humidity. Start regular daily trapping procedures. Removal of ear habitat is very important to control all insects including ear. When they are attracted by lights, they should stop lighting outside at night. Remove the white light and install the yellow LED light.

Inside the house

The room should be cleaned daily. Be sure to kill them and discard them by pouring them into plastic bags, tying them and throwing them in the trash can to prevent them from invading again. If hair wigs are a common problem in buildings, check the area to learn how hair wigs enter the house and seal and fill up cracks and all entrances. Repair all broken screens.

Natural spray

Essential oil spray

You can spray them naturally to prevent them from entering the house.Use any available essential oil under 1/2 ounce per gallon of water

1. Citronella oil

2. Cinnamon oil

3. Peppermint oil

4. Clove oil

5.Lavender oil


7. Basil

8. Any natural essential oil can be used. The above are just a few of them. Try it yourself.

Citrus spray uses OTKO natural citrus cleaner. Spray directly through the nebulizer. It kills ear and most insects on contact. The soap spray uses any natural Castile soap, such as Dr Bronners soap. They produce mint, lavender, almonds, tea tree and many other natural sources. Use 1 ounce of water per gallon of water. Kills ear when sprayed.

DE SPRAY can add Gadren Grade DE to water and spray it. The best way is to put some DE in the panty hose and suspend it in gallons of water. Set aside and pour into a gallon sprayer to spray. When it dries, De will act as a barrier, killing and crawling on the ear. You can use only dusty areas.


Vacuum, vacuum and vacuum…

Vacuum all the wigs in the house. Perform a very thorough vacuum cleaning, and perform multiple cleanings as needed. Throw the bag in the trash can.

Natural dust

Garden grade DE can be used as dust around the house and under the house and attic. Dust gently and let it sit down.

Boric acid can be used as dust in other areas between cracks and house walls.

Reduce population:

The trap inside the house is a continuous way for you to regularly manage the ear at home on a regular basis.

Various traps

Ultimate flea trap is by far the best insect trap on the market. This does not use any chemicals, only a small piece of light with a sticky pad to catch insects attracted by light. Place one in every room with ear. It is also suitable for fleas (hence the name) as well as spiders, cockroaches and most other insects.


Remove materials that may be used as hiding places outside the building, such as ivy, plant residues, leaves in drains, old wooden stakes, old leaf trash, a pile of newspapers or other organic materials. Caulk and repair cracks, crevices and other openings around the foundation or outside the house. Manage the moisture around the building by repairing or replacing leaking faucets, leaking air conditioners, leaking drain pipes, controlling the water flowing into the foundation after rain, and providing crawl space for entrance. Repair or change conditions to promote a drier environment. There are caulking and sealing strips around the door. Windows. Water outlet and power socket in the bathroom.

They can hide in any area through the dark interior. Cardboard boxes will be an excellent place for them to hang indoors. Remove any other debris, such as unused old firewood. Repair any defective rainwater spouts, maintain the slope of an area to allow water to drain from the home, and maintain proper ventilation in the crawl space to dry the area. Please always keep moisture away from your home.

Attracted by outdoor lights, so please replace them with yellow LED lights, which is not very attractive to to. Within two yards of the building and around the crawling space of the house, DE-grade gardens should be naturally used for outdoor treatment around the building foundation, flower beds, covered areas and turf. Perform a two-foot-long banding around the building adjacent to the foundation to restrict the wig from entering the interior. Establish a dry boundary around the bottom of the house for good control.

Outside trap

Newspaper: Wet newspaper rolled up with a rubber band.

Cardboard box: Punch a pencil-sized hole along the bottom edge of the cardboard box.

Old garden hose: 12-24 inch garden hose

Canned used cat food. Add 1/2 inch of any type of beer or wine.

Tupperware: Use Tupperware like plastic containers. Punch holes along the top edge of the bathtub, add 2 inches of cheap wine, and cover the top and sink into the ground.

Finch Bird House can be used as a housing unit, you can put an 8-ounce plastic cup 1/2 in it, which contains beer or wine. I will try one of them and see which one is the most attractive.

Trapping is an effective and simple way to reduce ear populations.

One of the key elements of the natural ear management program is the daily active trapping system. Before dark, place finch traps out of sight in the entire yard. In the morning, throw them out of the trap with a bucket of Dr Bronners soap/water or any natural soapy water. Keep trapping until you no longer catch the ear. Traps can be hidden near bushes and ground cover plants, or they can be hidden near houses. For fruit trees, since weeds provide shelter for ears, snails and other creatures, keep weeds, shrubs and suckers (always pruned) away from the roots throughout the year. Monitor the population by counting the number of ears caught in the trap.

Eliminate habitat:

Changing the habitat around the garden will reduce the number and damage of ears. Get rid of their hiding places: planks, weeds, stakes, plant residues, leaf litter, and any other objects that create dark and humid hiding places. Do not plant dense ground cover plants such as ivy, mint, and herbs next to vegetable or flower gardens. Raise fragile seedlings indoors until they can withstand a certain amount of chewing. Or put them outdoors, the legs on the table are protected by sticky obstacles.

Some people advise against using organic mulch because they say that organic mulch can hide pests such as ears and spiders. I have the opposite view. Organic mulch provides ear with a diverse hunting area, which can protect your plants and meet the needs of the earth. It is easy to keep the mulch clean by passing the garden-level dust removal several times a year, or removing the dust before and after each new mulch layer is used. Spraying the cover with any natural soap can also control them.

Andy Lopez

The invisible gardener

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