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#705640 - 28th Jun 2012 10:00pm Major Ear Wig problem!
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Anyone else having Problems with Ear Wigs? It's gotten worse every year here. Almost every house in our street has a garden full of them!

I'm not joking EVERYTHING has them on it. My neighbour has found them on his tooth brush too. I'm really getting P'ssed off now. All day I spend standing on them and shaking my daughters toys to get them off. Just ordered a kilo of Boric Acid to try kill them.

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#705659 - 28th Jun 2012 11:34pm Re: Major Ear Wig problem! [Re: Wheels]
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Registered: 8th Jul 2008
Posts: 251
Loc: Egremont, Wallasey
might be worth having a word with aomeone from the Council about it, maybe environmental health if they are getting into your houses.

Is the garden outside of the house overgrown? one way would be to try and clear plants etc away so they have nowhere to live... they love long grass and overgrown weey areas..

Used to have a problem many years ago when our family lived in Birkenhead North, all our washing had to be shaken befoire we brought it inside the house frown horrible things frown any they bite too frown

Just found this...

Earwigs congregate in areas that

are shaded or filled with lush plant

material, boards, debris, or organic

mulch. Exposed, sunny yards have

fewer problems. Two species of

parasitic fly, including Digonichaeta

setipermis, have been introduced to

help control earwigs naturally. In good

years these parasites attack and kill

over 1/3 of the earwig population.

You can trap earwigs in rolled up

newspapers or in old tuna fish cans

baited with fish oil or vegetable oil.

Place traps near the problem areas and

check them each morning. Shake live

insects into a pail of soapy water to kill


Converting the backyard to a dry,

sunny environment with few hiding

places will also help control earwigs.

Remove any shelter sites, prune low-

growing bushes, avoid growing the

earwigs’ favored food plants, and

destroy moss and algae. Avoid

overwatering and don’t use thick

organic mulches.


A variety of insecticides available

to homeowners are labeled for earwig

control. You can use the following

materials as baits, liquids, sprays,

granules, or dusts: carbaryl (Sevin),

acephate (Orthene), bifenthrin,

permethrin, cyfluthrin, esfenvalerate,

and propoxur (Baygon). Products

containing diazinon or chlorpyrifos

(Dursban) are being phased out for

homeowner use, but existing stocks

can be used up. Read the label to

determine the proper sites and usage

restrictions. Insecticidal soaps kill

earwigs on contact but do not have a

residual effect on treated areas.

Applying insecticides to daytime

hiding places will give more successful

control. Mulched areas of flowerbeds

are often the best sites to treat. Large

volumes are often needed for adequate

coverage so consider using a hose-end

type sprayer or apply granules to the

soil area and water them in. Insecticide

applications made late in the day are

most effective.

A common recommendation is to

apply insecticides as a barrier

treatment. Sprays or dust are applied to

the exterior foundation walls and a 2-3

foot swath along the adjacent ground.

Flower beds and mulches can also be

treated. Many lawn insecticides could

be used on grass, but that would be an

extreme response to this problem.


If earwigs are getting into your

home, caulk cracks and crevices and

weather-strip doors to prevent their

entry. Check windows, the junction of

the siding with the foundation, and all

outdoor water faucets for openings that

earwigs can squeeze through. Remove

firewood, unneeded plant material, and

organic mulches from the foundation

area. Create a clean, dry border along

the foundation and consider replacing

wood chips or bark mulch with stones

or other material that will be less

attractive to earwigs. Clear debris and

leaves from the troughs of eaves.

Individual earwigs found indoors

may be vacuumed or killed by hand.

Many indoor spray cleaners will kill

individuals on contact, as will most ant

and roach sprays. But sealing or

caulking openings is a more effective

and permanent approach. Earwigs will

not breed indoors, so continual

problems suggest constant migration

from outside

#705677 - 29th Jun 2012 8:03am Re: Major Ear Wig problem! [Re: Wheels]
Tatey Offline
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Registered: 14th Apr 2009
Posts: 1412
Loc: New Brighton
[quote=Wheels] It's gotten worse every year here.

"Gotten" Wheels, have you become American?

#705692 - 29th Jun 2012 10:31am Re: Major Ear Wig problem! [Re: Wheels]
silvertigra Offline

Registered: 23rd Mar 2012
Posts: 95
Loc: wallasey
OMG! they are my worst fear, Im not scared of spiders or other insects but If I see a earwig i run a mile!! We moved house and sold a caravan because I hated them that much! I do know they mostly come out at night and if you have rose bushes or dahlias that attracts them, I do hope you get them sorted they are horrible little creatures.

#711190 - 21st Jul 2012 3:08pm Re: Major Ear Wig problem! [Re: Wheels]
Kieran1981 Offline

Registered: 20th Aug 2011
Posts: 192
Loc: Bromborough
How strange, I have noticed we keep getting ear wigs in my work place in Bromborough, horrible looking things but they are harmless.


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