Earwigs love the night life. Armed with pincers on their tails, they attack leaves, fruit, decaying organic matter, and other bugs. They like damp, dark places to hide in, such as around your house's foundation, baseboards, and areas near faucets.
Take the Pinch out of These Pesky Bugs
People used to think that earwigs would crawl into sleepers' ears and burrow into their brains. After all, they're active at night and they have those impressive pincers. In reality, earwigs like to eat fruit, plants, decaying matter, and a few bugs. They escape the cold by burrowing deep in the ground or invading your house.
Know Where They Like to Hide
Earwigs are active at night and hide during the day in damp areas. You're likely to see them around your home's foundations, faucets, and air-conditioning units. Treat your home perimeter with Ortho® Home Defense MAX® Insect Killer for Indoor & Perimeter¹. You can also use it indoors along baseboards and other areas where they lurk.
Control Earwigs Outside
Apply Ortho® Bug B Gon® Insect Killer for Lawns & Gardens around flower pots, and porch foundations. Those are the kinds of places where earwigs like to hide during the day.
Control Earwigs in Your Vegetable Garden
Earwigs will eat holes into vegetable leaves. They'll get into corn and tree fruit. Take a flashlight into your garden at night to see if they're present. If they are, use Ortho® Bug-Geta® Plus Snail, Slug & Insect Killer. As always, make sure your plants are listed on the label, and follow the directions.
Seal Cracks and Openings
The best way to control earwigs in the home is to keep them from getting in in the first place. Fill in any holes or cracks around windows, doors and the foundation. As a further measure, store your food in sealed containers. If there's no food available, their visit will be shorter.