Earwig Control Products

Earwig Control Products
Size: 1/2 - 3/5"
Color: Reddish brown to black
Habitat: Dark, moist, cool areas
Infestation: Cracks, crevices, kitchen, bathroom, closet
Questions & Answers : How to get rid of Earwigs (16)
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Earwig Control

If you have ever seen an earwig in your home, you will be able to notice their slender and long bodies and also their eerie movements of the body. Something that is creepier than that is the myth that gives them their name. The reason why they are coined the name earwig is because of the old European myth that says that these insects with long, slender and flat bodies are able to crawl into the ears of sleeping people and leave behind eggs in the brain. Although it may seem possible, there has yet to be any proof of this myth. Nevertheless, they do have a peculiar appearance and look extremely fierce because of their forceps like appendages on the ends of their bodies. Earwigs can be found all over the world and there are about 22 different earwig species that are found in the United States alone.

Earwig Identification

Earwigs are the most easily identified by their cerci that is located on the back of their bodies. These appendage look like forceps which are used as both offensive and defensive tools to protect themselves and are sometimes used to capture and kill their prey. Although both sexes and all species have this pair of cerci, there are slight variations in shape. Adult earwigs are about .25 to 1 inch long and have elongated, flattened bodies. Depending on the species, the color will vary. However, they are typically a pale brown to dark reddish brown to black color and generally, they will have legs that are much paler than their bodies. They possess wings and are rarely wingless; however, they are unable to fly. They undergo a simple metamorphosis and so they will molt as they develop. Nymphs are similar in shape and form as adults but are paler in color and do not have wings.

Earwig Behavior

Earwigs are typically nocturnal insects. They remain active during the night and will hide in protected areas during the day. The protected areas are going to be moist or damp areas that remain shady such as places like under rocks or stones, under logs, inside mulch and leaf debris, and etc. Another reason for searching for moist areas is because neither the nymphs nor the eggs are able to survive long, dry spells.

Although they are only active during the night, earwigs are attracted to lights. Because they are attracted to lights, many earwigs will enter the home by following trails of light that goes through cracks and crevices in a structure. Earwigs are not normally predacious and will feed on live or dead plants. Sometimes they will attack live insects and will occasionally feed on live or dead insects. Depending on the species, earwigs will damage different plants but earwigs are able to damage vegetables, fruits, ornamental shrubs, and flowers. There have also been records of earwigs invading beehives to feed on the honey and have also been found in slaughter houses, flour mills, breweries, and meat-packing warehouses.

To Eliminate Earwigs

In order to get rid of earwigs that are inside your house, you must be able to complete a thorough outdoor treatment. The key to earwig control is to eliminate all areas that will be resting, breeding, and harboring areas for earwigs. These are areas of high moisture in places like under mulch, plant debris, under stones, wood piles, and also under siding and etc. These places around the structure of the home must be eliminated. This is because getting rid of these places also means that you are creating low-moisture zones around the structure which earwigs are not able to survive in.

To keep earwigs out of the house, apply a barrier around the structure. Barrier treatments are going to essentially be what the name implies, creating a barrier or bands of insecticide around the structure that the earwigs cannot pass. Most bands of insecticide that is sprayed in a barrier treatment around the house or a building will be about 4 inches up the siding from the base of the structure and 4 inches out on the ground from the base of the structure. You can use an appropriately labeled wet-able powder or a micro-encapsulated insecticide that will last longer in outdoor environments. Also, focus on cracks and crevices in the walls of the structure as well as door frames and window frames.

Inside, spray door frames and window frames with an appropriately labeled insecticide that targets earwigs. Using a liquid insecticide inside will provide a residual of about three to five months. Also, it will furthermore enhance outdoor barrier treatments, because you are spraying target areas from the inside as well. In conjunction with the sprays, consider using fine granular baits in concentrated areas with bait trays. Fine granular baits that have earwigs labeled as a target pest have proven to be very effective for earwig control inside the house.

Keep in mind that all products are high in chemical content. Allow liquids to dry before coming in contact with that treated area again. Also, place baits in areas where children and pets cannot reach or come in contact with. If you have any questions on the products we provide for earwig control, feel free to call us at 1-800-788-4142.

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Q. Earwigs in stored boxes
I just moved into an apartment for the summer, and I will move into a newly-built home in the fall. The apartment has earwigs. Everytime I unpack a box, I find they are already inside it. I'm storing about 25 boxes in the apartment for the summer, and I'm afraid when I open them in my new home they will be filled with earwigs! How do I protect my new home?!
A.   We recommend spraying Lambdastar onto the surfaces around the boxes, around the perimeter, etc. It has a residual of 2-3 months.
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Q. our home is built from the ground up on wood pilings.recently we've been seeing lots of earwigs in our home. we've caulked up what we see. we've sprayd w/a n indoor insecticide. we're in new orleans, where will we find the products that are mentioned here? is it necessary to use the granules 'round the perimeter of or home?thanks
A.   We can ship the products to you or you can try to find a vendor locally, but we do not have access to that information. It is not necessary to use granules, but it is important to create an insecticidal barrier around the home on the structure or on the lawn. We recommend using Suspend SC to spray around the home.
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Q. earwigs Treatment
we have thousands of earwigs in our yard, but we also have these tiny bugs coming in behind the molding, they have 3 legs on each side and pincher on there head, and black in color, maybe an 1/8 of an inch, i clean them up every day and they keep coming in please help..
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Thank you for contacting us with your question. For earwigs, the best way to get rid of them is by spreading a granular insecticide on your lawn.

You can use Bifen L/P Granules for general pest treatment and it will work.

Also, for the other pests appearing behind the molding, it is best to use a type of concentrated liquid insecticide such as masterline.

This can also be used as a general pest treatment and has a residual time of up to 3 months.

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Q. how to get rid of earwigs
earwig problem outside
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Earwigs are fairly easy to get rid of. Earwigs are highly attracted to moisture sources so you must make sure that all water sources are unavailable. This can come from leaking pipes, utility lines, and etc.

Also, prevent them entering the structuring by caulking and sealing all potential entry points which are old screening around windows, cracks and crevices around the structure, utility lines that enter the building, and etc.

You may also apply a contact kill liquid concentrate like Masterline Bifenthrin 7.9 that has a residual of about 2-3 months.

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Q. about indoor earwig
i spotted earwig inside my house alot of time and i m looking for spray or something for getrid of them am i need to call pest control ppl or i can get something from store .
A.   Earwigs come from the outside and can be kept out by applying insecticide around the outside perimeter of the house to create a barrier. Such insecticides are concentrates that are diluted with water and applied with a pump sprayer. Some of the insecticides that will kill earwigs are Talstar Pro, Suspend SC and Lambdastar 9.7.
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Q. EARWIGS WILL FOGGERS CONTINUE TO KILL BUGS?
A WEEK AGO USED RAID FOGGERS AND CLOSED HOUSE FOR 4 HOURS. I AM STILL SEEING EARWIGS EVERYDAY
A.   We suggest using items such as Suspend SC to spray around the perimeters of the house, as well as other surfaces indoors. Foggers will only kill the bugs that are in open space. Suspend SC has a residual of 2-3 months and will continue to work even after application.
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Q. Thousands of earwigs on our property - 50 coming into our home EVERY NIGHT. YUCK!!!
Please help! We live in a rural area, our 3/4-acre plot of land is not landscaped. We live in a desert climate - hot & dry. We find the earwigs all over our property, close to our home, and inside our home. I don't know where they're finding much moisture - we don't have irrigation for our property, and we go for months without a drop of rain. I do recognize that they are always hiding under objects - we move one of our child's toys or a rock and hundreds of earwigs will scurry away. We have had professional pest control services, but still had disturbing amounts of earwigs indoors and shocking amounts of earwigs outside. What products would you recommend? We have a HUGE problem, and need something STRONG. Granules to spread out in a perimeter around our home a barrier to spray outside our home other??? THANK YOU!!!
A.   We recommend Bifen LP for a granule product to use on the yard area and a liquid spray like Talstar or Cy-Kick CS to spray on the entire perimeter of the structure.
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Q. earwigs control
My daughter is a teacher in a private elementary school in Denver, with classrooms in former colonel's quarters at a retired military base. Earwigs are infesting her classroom and we would like to get rid of them before class starts in mid August. Obviously, we need to use something that won't be dangerous for the kids on their return. What are your recommendations.
A.   Thank you for contacting us with your question. Because earwigs come from outdoors, I would do an outdoor treatment around the perimeter with some type of granules to eliminate the source. After outdoor treatment, any liquid insecticide indoors would work for the control of earwigs indoors.

We also have a bait form which could prove effective as earwigs will carry the bait back to their nesting areas. The liquid insecticides and granules are safe for children and pets once after it has dried. Give it about 3 hours to fully dry.

The liquid insecticide of recommendation would be the Masterline Bifenthrin. It has a residual time of about 2-3 months and is safe for pets and children after it has dried. We just recommend that during application, that only the applicator is in the area.

The granules for outdoors would be Demand G Granules. If you would like to go with the bait form, I would recommend the InTice Granular bait.

You can apply this indoors and outdoors. It should be effective against the control of earwigs and just before school starts, you would have to clean any leftover baits as children could consume it. You can never be too careful with children!
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Q. earwigs control
currently having problem with earwigs I was looking at the Talstar pro and Bifen LP granules. Does one work better than the other, or would I be better of using them in conjunction with each other?
A.   The Bifen LP Granules are a generic of Talstar Granules. It uses the same active ingredient, which is Bifenthrin, and will kill all the same pests. "Better" is not a great word to use, to be honest, but we always recommend the original above the generic. However, if you are looking to save money, the generic will work just as well as the original. You should not mix the two though because the inert ingredients, which are not labeled, are different and can neutralize each other.
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Q. Earwig problem
We are renting a 7 year old house, love love the house but see a lot of the earwigs, we have a new baby on the way and need to get rid of them ASAP
A.   We recommend an outdoor perimeter treatment with Suspend SC. Suspend SC should be applied around the entire perimeter of the house, focusing especially on window and door frames as well as potential entry points through cracks and crevices around the base of the structure. You can also apply Suspend SC in cracks and crevices around the interior of the house by window wills, door frames, behind appliances, the baseboards of each room and etc. Keep in mind that Suspend SC is a concentrate that must be diluted in water before it is applied. It is also not meant for broadcast application indoors and should only be applied to cracks and crevices inside. All treated areas must be completely dried before you come in contact with that treated area again. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us again.
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