How to Get Rid of Earwigs

Earwig Pest Control


Earwigs can easily be recognized by their pincers at the end of their abdomen. Their pinchers are harmless to humans and although it is a myth that earwigs do bite, do may pinch with their pincers if they are aggressively handled. Earwigs are dark reddish-brown, with light brown legs, and they are about 5/8″ long. Earwigs will lay their eggs under the soil about 2-3″. Earwigs need moisture to survive. Earwigs are mostly active at night and they eat dead insects and decomposing plant materials. They are also attracted to light. If earwigs appear in the house, it is safe to say that they came from the outdoors through an entry points (i.e. doors, crack and crevice, window sills, drains, utility pipes and windows).


During the day, earwigs can be found under organic matter (i.e. mulch, pine straw, leaf litter). They prefer dark and damp areas such as under sidewalks, and stones. They can come into homes through entry points like doors and windows, or they even go up the foundation.


Earwigs can be controlled with liquid spray ( FenvaStar EcoCap ) using a liquid hand sprayer , granule (BIFEN GRANULES , ECO EXEMPT G GRANULES ) using a granule hand spreader (HANDLE SPREADER), and aerosol (CY-KICK AEROSOL). Since earwigs’ habits outside, you will need to control the earwigs outside to stop them from coming into your home. For that kind of control, you will need to use the amount instructed on the label and spread uniformly around your structure to keep them from coming into your home. This treatment is called a barrier treatment because it makes a barrier around your home. For the application use above, it is suggested that you use liquid spray and granule. Irrigate the lawn after the application of granule to activate the granules. We recommend that you use aerosol for indoor treatment, you can use liquid spray for indoor use also, and however aerosol spray is easier and more effective. If you do inside treatment using residual aerosol spray, you will need to treat entry points such as crack and crevice, doors and windows, openings around pipes and sinks, under refrigerators, behind baseboards, washing machines, stoves, cabinets, sewers, floor drains, storage areas, closets, shelves, and drawers.

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Date: Wednesday, 13. January 2010 12:57
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    My yard has a large infestation of earwigs. I have read that the only way to rid yourself of them is by them ingesting what you spray. I did spray last year for these pests, but because of the wet spring they are everywhere. I have to be careful of what I use as I have 2 dogs that are always outside. Is there anything that will kill them once they come in contact with the poison??? Thanks.

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    Year long problem, I’m sorry to hear that. If you have already tried sprays, I might recommend a granule form for you such as DEMAND G GRANULES.
    Basically, you would apply the granules to the ground, and sprinkle it with water so it can soak into the ground. Once it is dry, it should be safe for your pets.

    I could also recommend a bait form for you, which might actually be more effective in your case. Two granule bait forms that we have that label earwigs as a targeted pest. The Mother Earth Granular Bait and the InTice Granular Bait. With either of these baits, I would use a bait station so that it is protected from weather and from a possibility of your pets consuming the baits. If they were to consume it though, there should be no huge fatal problem. Your pet could become dizzy for a couple of minutes, but just to make sure, take the most precautions.

    If you have any other questions or want different methods of approaching the earwigs, comment me again.

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    I have never in my life seen an earwig until this year — bought a house with a north facing back yard that is quite shaded and wet. We have had a really wet spring this year and earwigs are everywhere! A pattio was built with landscaped gardens full of hostas – which are now full of thousands of holes. We have earwigs and SLUGS – by the thousands. I have tried the “beer can” method and tuna can with oil – but for the most part I’ve only caught a few earwigs.. more slugs than earwigs but I think I am in need of something stronger. I have vegetable plants and baby bunnies in the back so I’m afraid to use a spray. Are there effective earwig traps that I could use? Thanks so much!

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    Fortunately, I have never seen an earwig up close yet.
    For your earwig infestation, I would recommend using a bait form, such as InTice Granular Bait.
    For the slugs, I would recommend any liquid insecticide with a long residual time.
    I would recommend using CYPER WP which also targets earwigs as well.
    I hope you can quickly get rid of your pests!

  5. Helen Reynolds
    Friday, 9. July 2010 5:42

    How can I keep earwigs out of my humming-bird feeder?
    They crowd into the bottom of it!

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    This sounds like a tricky situation. I can’t recommend a liquid insecticide because the hummingbirds could get harmed.
    I want to recommend that you use a bait for the earwigs with a bait system so the hummingbirds can’t reach it.
    I would recommend that you use the InTice Granular Bait with a bait tray or bait system.

    This should work, if the earwigs find the bait for attractive than the hummingbird feeder.
    It may be more effective if you removed the hummingbird feeder during the process or eliminating the earwigs.
    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask again.

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    How do earwigs get into my shower and floor drans and how do I tea them?

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    Hello Doug,

    Earwigs are actually attracted to moisture and light.
    That is probably why you found them in your shower.

    I would recommend using the MotherEarth Dust around the perimeters of your walls and into cracks and crevices where it may be possible entry points. If you want to use a bait, I’d recommend using the InTice Granular Bait for earwigs. Both methods should prove effective, but use only one method. If both methods are used, it could take away from the effectiveness of the products.

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    Over the last 2 weeks, I’ve been finding earwigs here and there indoors, and noticed them on the outside of my sliding screen door. Today, I’ve come across 5 earwigs in my house. I will be calling a pest control company to see if they can come ASAP. How long does it take to eradicate these pests from my home? How bad does my infestation sound?

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    It sounds like you have a mild infestation. It really depends on what the extermination companies will do and what products they will use to control earwigs. It can take from a week to two weeks. If you have any other questions, or would like for me to recommend any products for you, feel free to post a comment again. Thanks.

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    I accidentally brought something infested with earwigs into the house. As soon as I discovered this I sprayed all dark, damp places and put in insect killers. However, I just discovered an earweg in my basement. do you have any suggestions?

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    I have two things I could recommend for you.
    Either a liquid concentrate that you would dilute with water,
    or a dust insecticide that you would apply into infested areas.

    The liquid insecticide has a residual time for up to 3 months and will be a delay contact kill.
    Once the earwigs become exposed to the product, they will have enough time to carry it back to their nesting area,
    exposing the rest of the earwigs to it as well.

    The powder has a residual time for up to 6 months, if it is left undisturbed.
    Also, it works as a dehydration kill, so whatever earwigs come in contact with it will die from dehydration.

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    Hi, I think a package we brought in the house had earwigs in it…i found one by our plants(sun-room)and another down the steps in the basement where it is cool and moist (slate floor). We have children and a new puppy what is safe, quick and effective? Thanks!

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    Hi Tammy,

    Earwigs are probably heavily foraging indoors to your home now because of the cold temperatures outside. There is a possibility that they could have traveled in with a package you had brought into the house. However they usually forage indoors from outside especially during the colder season or if you have lots of mulch around the outer perimeter of your home. The best product I can recommend that you use would be Suspend SC.

    If you have any further questions you can always give us a call or send us an email.
    Good luck with the treatment!!

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    i brought something into my house and now there r earwigs everywhere and i mean everywhere. I am tired of not sleeping b/c im up killing them. What can i do and how fast can i get rid of them. I have a cat and 3 kids also i need something not harmful to them.


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    Hello Sudie. With a large infestation like that, it is good to use a contact kill liquid spray with a residual time. Liquid spray should be applied in concentrated areas like in areas of high moisture like bathrooms, basements, attics, and crawlspace areas. Something like Masterline Bifenthrin is a residual liquid concentrate spray that still has a killing effect even after it is dried. Spraying in concentrated areas every three months should be effective for earwig control. I hope this helps you!

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    we have lived in our house 3 years, the last couple of weeks i have noticed more and more earwigs they are everywhere and we even fpund one in our bedroom. The house next door is not lived in but the man who did live there walked out and left everything as it was, food, clothes ect. The garden is a totl wilderness would these pests be comimg from there? we have also had the occasional rat run into our garden from this property

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    Hello, If there is not regular maintenance being done to his house but his house still has materials in it that could be a potential food source for animals, then yes, of course the pests can be coming from there. If you want to think of it this way, a house with food and water is exactly what most pests need to survive and if a house has been left alone with all its material in it, it will provide protection from the weather, a food source, a water source and also a breeding site. To protect your home, you may want to consider doing regular maintenance around the house with a liquid insecticide. Create a barrier of insecticide on the outside around the perimeter of the house by applying bands that run 4 feet up the sidings from the base of the structure and 4 feet out on the grass or ground from the base of the structure. Also, target window frames and door frames. That will control insects and prevent them from entering the house. As for rodent control, you may want to get an inspection done first. Rodenticides will provide control, but if you have pets that chase the mice or a lot of wildlife around your house like birds or large animals that will feed on the rodents, you should NOT use rodenticides because they do have a secondary kill effect which means they can possibly be poisoned. You may want to consider talking to the county to look into the house and see if his property can be taken care of. I hope this helped you! Good Luck!

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    We just moved in a house six months ago and have so many types of insects but the worse are the earwigs , They are every where and we want to get rid of them there even in our bed with us it’s disgusting and I hate sleeping in my bed knowing they have no problem climbing in the bed with my husband and I … Can any one help us figure out what works good for our bedroom with out it doing any harm to us or our kids ???

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    Ahh! That sounds scary! I’m sorry you and your family had to have experienced that! For earwigs, I would recommend using a liquid insecticide such as Cy-Kick, Suspend SC, or Talstar Pro around the base of your bed and along the walls. If you want to stop seeing them in your bed, you’ll probably have to detach your bed from the surrounding walls by at least 1 foot to limit how easily the bugs can crawl onto you. Also look into purchasing an insect glue trap or even a bed bug glue trap like the Eco-Keeper to try to reduce the number of earwigs that make it onto your bed. If the infestation gets too big and uncontrollable, you’ll probably have to resort to either calling an exterminator or using more chemicals. Let me know how things go so I can help you again if you need it!

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    Hello, we bought a house last summer and didn’t have an earwig problem then, but this summer they are everywhere. My bedroom is in the basement and I have a really bad fear of bugs and I haven’t been able to sleep well for 2 weeks since finding one in my bed. We are killing around 20 of them daily and it has been a really trying time. We have tried spraying the foundation around our basement and it seemed to slow them down for a few days, but then they started up even stronger. We can’t find a nest or how they are getting in, but it is really getting out of hand. We don’t know what else to do. Do we hire someone to treat our entire yard? We can’t afford to put a lot of money into it. What products could be used inside and outside the house that would be safe for our really small dog and our inside cat?

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    Ack! I’m so sorry to hear about that! That must be so traumatizing ): For starters, here is a page to all of the earwig control products Pest Mall offers: I think the best thing for you to do right now is use a combination of granules/WP for outside and a liquid insecticide for inside. You’ll basically use these products to create both an external and internal barrier for your home. I wouldn’t recommend letting your pets near the granules in case they decide to chew on them, but the WP should be fine once it dries completely (same with the liquid insecticide). For you personally, I think you should invest in some insect glue traps to use around your bed and room. I know it probably won’t be a pleasing sight to wake up to dead earwigs around your bed, but I think you’d rather have them dead around your bed than alive in your bed, yikes. If none of these methods seem to help or if you think that this is just too troublesome, call an exterminator to help you out. Good luck!

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    hi there.
    we have been living in this house for about 9 years. and every summer we’ve battle different bugs, but for the past 3-4 years we’ve been having earwig problems! we are tired of this little creatures!!!! they are everywhere in the yard, and some inside the house. I HATE THEM!!! i have been using from the begining this product: ORTHO HOME DEFENSE MAX,which you can used in and outside, but it seems like its not as effective as it used to be. my yard is the worst. when im using the lawn mower, you can see them running everywhere in the lawn. its like they hide under the grass and dirt, and with the vibrations from the lawnmower they just come out from everywhere!!! PLEASE, HELP ME HERE!!! We have 2 kids(7-9 years old)no pets. did i mention i hate these earwigs with a passion? well, i do! i take any and every advise… to summyrize, the major infestation is in my lawn,and from there they go everywhere else(garage,inside house,plants/flowers,etc) THANK YOU!!!

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    HI Jonathan,
    I’m really sorry about the late reply ): Since your problem seems to be mainly outdoors, I would recommend using a granule like the Bifen Granules ( In addition, you can use a liquid insecticide like Suspend SC ( to actually use around the outside perimeter of your home and basically create a shield around your house.

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    Is it common to still see earwigs in your home a couple of days after it has been treated in and out by a pesticide?

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    Hello Henney,
    If you had a large infestation, then yes, it is possible. If you continue to see them even after a month after treatment has been applied, then you may consider reapplying. Just remember to be thorough with your treatment and make sure to target the key areas. Also, outdoor control along the window frames and door frames are necessary as well as the practice of exclusion be sealing all cracks and crevices that will lead to the inside of the structure.

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    i love growing dahlias but wont bring them indoors because of earwigs . i shake all my hanging baskets and they fall out i just wash them down the drain they do a lot of damage to flowers no matter how many you drown there is still plenty more lurking out there good luck to all

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    I finally figured out that the annoying bugs in my yard are earwigs. We don’t have a garden, but plenty of kids stuff out in the yard. Whenever I have to move the climbing/slide toy (plastic, little tykes) they scatter. If I leave the camp chairs out they get into the legs, they end up under the plastic kid pool, even in their toys. My husband left the cooler out and they ended up hiding in their somewhere and when I put it in my van I noticed a bunch of them scattering out and about. I’ve seen a few here and there in the house, but I don’t know if there’s a bunch hiding somewhere in here. So, how can I treat the yard and then any toys that might be infested? Should I do anything to my van (I haven’t seen any, maybe they died)? And what about the house? I hate them so much, I don’t want to sit on my grass because I think they’ll crawl up on me.

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    Hi April!
    Earwigs do look and seem really gross. But they’re not hard to get rid of and their also not harmful, regardless of their appearance. You can use Masterline Bifenthrin 7.9 both inside and outside. It’s a liquid concentrate that you dilute in water and spray. You can spray it on your lawn and in concentrated areas around the house. You want to make sure you target points of entry. This is going to be door frames, window frames, and utility lines that may lead indoors, and etc. The ones in your car have probably died because they could not gain access to a moisture source or a food source. Reapply Masterline every 3-4 months. Also, keep in mind that once the product has been applied, you must give it ample time to dry before you can come in contact with the treated area again. This is going to take about 2-3 hours. If you have any other questions, contact us again! 🙂 Good luck!

  30. 30

    I have been reading all of the comments and suggest about these little creatures. Where can you purchase these products? Can they be purchased from your local Lowes or Home Depot stores?

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    Hello Polly. No they cannot be because these are professional grade pest control products. Since the chemical content in these products are much higher than standard pest control products, you will not be able to find these in local hardware stores. You can purchase the products at

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    We moved into our house about 8 months ago. The house is about 20 years old. I find at least 2-3 earwigs a day inside the house. They run across the floor and hide under the baseboards. I am convinced they live in the walls. Is this possible? I rarely see them upstairs, but they are everywhere downstairs.
    We have a service that sprays outside, but I don’t see that it is helping.
    The idea of earwigs living in the walls is grossing me out! Help! (we have a dog and kids…need non-toxic!)

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    The earwigs may be able to live in the wall void area but they do need a valid food source. Consider using a dust in the wall void area, something like Delta Dust or Alpine Dust.

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    Hi you state that it is a myth to be bitten by an earwig??? I was bitten! on my NOSE.

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    Hello Kate, I do apologize for the misinformation. We have changed the content. What it meant to say that although it is a myth that they bite, they will pinch with their pincers. Of course, this is because their pincers were made as a defense mechanism and so if they feel threatened in any way, they will pinch. We apologize. But thank you for tuning in and if you have any other comments or questions, please feel free to contact us again at any time.

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    We live in the UK and moved into our house 2 months ago. We saw around 4/5 earwigs per day but only in the extended part of the house which incorporates a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. We filled in all the wall and skirting boards cracks in these areas and sprayed liberally with a chemical product called Vicam W. It has been effective but they occasionally still appear after 2 weeks from under the cooker and in the sinks/shower. Can they swim through water logged pipes? Is there anything else we can do? We were told they are probably living in the cavity walls and builfing extensions but as we cannot access these we cannot kill them at dource. Help! Thanks

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    Do you have any advice on my previous enquiry?

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    We live in the UK and moved into our house 2 months ago. We saw around 4/5 earwigs per day but only in the extended part of the house which incorporates a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. We filled in all the wall and skirting boards cracks in these areas and sprayed liberally with a chemical product called Vicam W. It has been effective but they occasionally still appear after 2 weeks from under the cooker and in the sinks/shower. Can they swim through water logged pipes? Is there anything else we can do? We were told they are probably living in the cavity walls and builfing extensions but as we cannot access these we cannot kill them at dource. Help! Thanks

    Hi Emma,
    I’m so sorry, it looks like I approved the comment without actually giving you an answer! I apologize. It’s funny though, our office is actually experiencing an earwig infestation too…We used a new product that we’re promoting so that we can share our experience with customers called Lambdastar 9.7. It’s a great product that uses a microencapsulated technology to slow release the active ingredient which means that you will have a longer residual time. Actually, other microencapsulated technologies use petroleum to make the product but LG, the manufacturer, makes Lambdastar using reusable vegetable oil so it’s much milder but works just as well. I’m not well versed in Vicam W. since we don’t carry the product, so I unfortunately, do not have a lot of information on the product and how it works. I apologize. For your cavity walls or wall voids, it’s best to use a dust, but if you cannot access those areas, I’m not sure what to tell you except to spray the baseboards with Lambdastar. Also, I’m not sure what you mean by water logged pipes. Usually, the term “water logged” means that a wood piece is saturated with water. Do you mean pipes that are filled with water? If so, I don’t think that earwigs would be able to survive that…I hope I helped in some way. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-788-4142 and we will be able to better assist you.


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    Ear wings inly do bite! I live in Barrie, Ontario, for the past 4 years we have ben infested with earwigs, we have had them in every room in the house, I am a clean freak, it has nothing to do with being dirty or clean, for 2 years we bought everthing possile for earwings, I swear I was going to end up in the loonie bin, lasr summer I decided to get Abelle Pest control come and spray inside and outside the house,best 200 bucks I have spent, well worth every penny! For anyone with an earwing problem out there, I highly recommend geting this done, it gave me my sanity back!

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    Hey, I have seen earwigs only a few times around my house and I have a HUGE fear of bugs. I haven’t been sleeping well knowing that there in my house. How do I kill one on the spot without getting to close(if thats possible), and what’s an easy and low priced way to prevent them from getting in. I don’t have a whole lot of money eathier so. and how often does an earwig get into an ear, because i’m terified of that happening. Please help me i’m really scared.

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    Hi Lily,
    Firstly, earwigs getting inside an ear is basically a myth, although, I guess it could possibly happen. But I do not think that they would make it into your ear without you noticing them first. To kill them from a distance without getting close (I know exactly how you are feeling here HAHA) is to use an aerosol spray that will kill them on contact. Something like Alpine Pressurized Insecticide will work to kill earwigs on contact. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to “prevent” them from entering your home. But there are residual insecticides that are in the concentrate form that must be diluted and sprayed that will kill earwigs. Suspend SC is an insecticide that is diluted with water. You should spray this around the entire perimeter of the structure in a barrier form by spraying at least 4 feet up from the base of the structure and 4 feet out from the base of the structure. Target all window frames and door frames. You can spray this along the base board in the garage and around the garage opening as well. All treated areas should be avoided until the area is completely dry. You can use this inside as well by spraying the baseboards, door frames, as well as window sills, but again, all treated areas must be completely dry before reentry. You should also check the structure for cracks and crevices. These cracks and crevices can serve as entry points for the earwigs. I hope that helped and if you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us or contact me here again! 🙂

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    Hi: We have a terrible earwig and Rose Beetle or Rose Shafer problem. They eat the foliage and flowers and raspberries etc. I have replanted the small things like carrots and lettuce but the earwigs only ate them off as soon as they came up. This has happened for several years and gets worse each year. Between these two pests we no longer have any flowers that are presentable and the garden which is a big garden (60′ X 100′) grows only the larger things like corn, potatoes, tomatoes and squash. We have given up on the rest. Have used diatomateous earth to no avail and am wondering if there is anything available in Ontario with it’s pesticide ban that can be used to eliminate these pests. It isn’t feasible to trap them as it is too large an area. I have been told that the granules worked well but we haven’t been able to locate them so assume they are restricted. Hope you have some advice we can use to help eliminate them for next year. Thanks, C.V.F.

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    please help. we do have a lot of earwigs in our yard, around flowers. I put oil in a container & it catches a few, but can’t stand in the house. this morning found 1 in bathroom. my husband has copd, asthma, & very bad lungs, is there anything not harmful to us but will keep earwigs away. I am scratching all over just thinking of them. please, i would really appreciate your solution. thank you so very much . j. lachance

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    Hi C. Ferguson,

    Unfortunately, we are not able to send over any products with a chemical content to Canada. I really apologize, but since we are not able to send them over and we do not have much information on how to locate products for DIY pest control in Canada, I won’t be of much assistance.

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    I found 2 earwigs in my home one in my newborns drawer under his clothes and one on my piggy bank. do you have and clue why? and what do you suggest i do?

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    Hi Joyce,
    Outdoor treatment is required for earwig control. You may need to treat your lawn with granules like the Bifen L/P granules or do an outdoor perimeter treatment with Suspend SC as well as treating or ornamental plants. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.

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    The Romeo family,

    tuesday,3 july 2012

    HELP US!
    The last two years it seems like earwigs have taken over our backyard. i have two children who are scares to death of these creatures. i find them on their towels,on there life vests. its gotten to a point the kids dont even want to go swimming anymore. the other day i found two of them crawling on my 5 year old. it doesnt seem to be a garden problem. they seem to be coming from the lawn. i usually find them all over the lawn furnature and chairs. we cant even lay out on the lawn anymore without them crawling on us. is there anything we can do besides spray chemicals to the backyard,and if not. is there a spray we can use that can be sprayed around the perimiter of our yard to get rid of these creepy little guys. It just seems overwhelming to us to have to treat the whole lawn especially if the method isent going to be that effective. i would love to just come out in the morning with my coffee and sit on a chair without having to do a full inspection of it,and still worry there somewhere on thst chair. Any information would be helpful.

    P.S Not sure if this has any importance,but it seems since my father in law has planted a million vegtables this year,the problem has gotton so much worse. Can this be the cause?

    thank you so much
    the romeos

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    I have ear whigs in the house – I live in a 4th floor condo with no ground, shrubs, flowers, trees around me. I also have new windows and patio doors. Could they possibly be coming in from the roof which has many shingles missing (long story)??? Thanks for your help.

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    Hello d Diaz,
    There can be a variety of ways that earwigs can enter a structure but usually, they will come from cracks or crevices in the structure, especially windows that are by outdoor shrubs or ornamental plants. You can treat for earwigs by using the product Suspend SC to spray on ornamentals as well as the window frame from both inside and outside and the door frames. You should also spray Suspend SC around the entire perimeter on the structure while checking for cracks and crevices. Also target the utility lines that go into the structure because they can serve as entry points for not only earwigs, but other crawling insects.

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    Hi Beverly,

    If you do have missing shingles, it could be a possible entry point, even if it is high up. Also, they may be able to find their way up through the wall voids from other units. There’s many ways that earwigs can enter a home. Fortunately, they are not harmful and are fairly easy to get rid of. We recommend the product Suspend SC for both indoor and outdoor use. Inside, you should treat baseboards around all the rooms as well as areas behind the toilet and laundry machines where the utility lines with frequent moisture may attract the earwigs. You should also apply Suspend SC around the patio area. The door frame should be treated on both the inside and outside surfaces. If you have any questions about using the product, please feel free to contact us again. Remember to always read the product label before applying any pesticide.

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