Sudden appearance of earwigs in the house can take you aback. And these pincher bugs look very scary.
Earwigs are harmless bugs. But that doesn’t mean you should let them sneak inside your home.
In this guide, you’ll find what causes earwigs in your home. You’ll learn how earwigs get in your house by exploiting the entry points that are there in your home right now.
Plus, there are proven methods in this guide that will tell you how to get rid of earwigs and to stop these creepy crawlies from entering your home.
What are Earwigs?
Earwigs, also known as pincher bugs, are unique looking bugs.
If you notice, you’ll find the lower half of their body resembling a silverfish, the midriff of a roach, and its head is like that of a grasshopper but brown.
They are a quarter of an inch to an inch long, and they are a mix of black or brown. They have two antennae on its head, and their legs are visible.
Some earwigs can fly, but most don’t.
The two prominent pinchers at the end of its body make earwigs look menacing.
These pinchers are for its self-defense, and they use it often against other insects or preys.
Earwigs look scary. Some people think that earwigs belong to the scorpion family and they are poisonous.
Let’s be very clear about this. Earwig is neither a scorpion nor poisonous.
Earwigs don’t pose any threat to you either. Earwigs are more of a garden bug rather than a home bug. But they also enter your home if your home provides an ideal living condition for them.
Later in the post, we will tell you what kind of damages they can do to your garden, but to your home, they’re not as dangerous as termites, roaches, or bed bugs.
But that doesn’t mean you should let them live inside your home.
Further down the post, we’ll also tell you what you can do to stop earwigs from entering your home.
Where Do Earwigs Come From In Your House?
Earwigs in house are quite a nuisance. But they’re not indoor bugs.
Earwigs are outdoor or garden bugs. In your garden, they have perfect living conditions, especially if you live in hot and humid weather.
They don’t prefer to enter your house unless the weather outside is inclement for them.
Earwigs come into your home from your yard or garden. They sneak into your home through any breaks or cracks on your walls or doors.
Earwigs love damp places. They live under stones, blocks of rotting wood, piles of leaves, or under the mulch.
But why earwigs enter your home?
When temperatures and humidity drop, earwigs enter your home to seek warmth and moisture. That’s when you encounter these scary looking bugs.
Bathroom, damp basement, kitchen, and laundry rooms are the common places where earwigs hide. These places are wet and humid, and they provide them the warmth they need.
5 Ways Earwigs Get In Your House?
Now that you know where earwigs come from and why, let’s take a look how they enter your home.
Earwigs get inside your home in any one the five following ways –
- Cracks and crevices on your home’s walls and foundation.
- Open doors and windows.
- Lights attract earwigs. So, a glowing light bulb can attract earwigs to your home.
- Earwigs can be present in the flowerpots and plants that you move inside your home.
- Earwigs can also be present in the stuff that you bring in home like boxes and firewood
What Earwigs Eat Inside Your Home?
Though most of the food source for earwigs is outside your home, they feed on other insects and on your food waste inside your home.
You’re likely to find earwigs in your kitchen, besides your kitchen trash can or underneath the kitchen sink.
Outside your home, in your yard or garden, earwigs eat flowers, leaves, and other bugs.
What Attracts Earwigs?
If earwigs prefer to live outside of your home, then why earwigs get in your house?
The first reason is when the weather outside is inhospitable for them.
If it’s too hot, too wet or cold, earwigs will move inside homes. That’s why earwigs, especially in southern and southwestern United States, invade homes at the beginning of autumn.
The second thing that attracts earwigs is the bright light coming out of your home.
Earwigs are nocturnal insects. Bright lights attract earwigs to your homes, especially the LED lights.
Attracted by bright lights, earwigs can easily sneak into your home through the cracks and crevices on the walls and through open windows and doors.
Earwigs can easily squeeze their bodies, so getting inside your home from underneath the doors and windows is easy for them.
Once inside your home, earwigs will look for places where they can hide and where they can get moisture.
The third thing is water leakage inside your home. It can be anything – from a broken gutter to water leakages in your kitchen, basement, or bathroom. Wet wood also attracts earwigs.
Earwigs also enter your home when you bring them inside, unintentionally.
Just like pantry pests, earwigs can enter your home through cardboard boxes, packaged products, or by merely sneaking into your camping or hiking bag.
What Are The Signs Of Earwig Infestation?
Inside your home, there’s no sign of earwig infestation. Yes, you read it right.
Earwigs don’t live in colonies either.
So, unlike termites, their existence doesn’t revolve around any queen or king. Earwigs don’t make any nests either.
Earwigs roam around and live freely wherever they can find food and shelter.
So, even if you find earwigs inside your home, then you can be confident that there isn’t any damage.
Outside your home, there are no apparent signs of earwig infestation like that of termites or ants.
But if you see rough-edged leaves and petals with holes on them, then that’s a clear sign of possible earwig infestation in your yard or garden.
It brings to the most obvious question – how do you find earwigs in your garden?
Earwigs hide inside piles of leaves or vegetation.
So, if you remove the vegetation cover or tilt a brick, you will find some earwigs scooting around to hide once you discover them. They don’t nest outside either.
The best part is that earwigs are not destructive garden insects. They don’t destroy your garden plants as aphids or maggots do.
Earwigs eat flowers, leaves, organic wastes, dead insects, and vegetables.
But they aren’t as voracious eaters as other garden pests.
Unless they are in huge numbers, they don’t pose any threat to your garden.
Earwigs are, in fact, helpful bugs.
Earwigs are omnivores, and they feast on aphids, maggots, beetles, caterpillars that ravage your garden.
So, if you love your garden, there’s always confusion about what to do with earwigs.
We recommend that if they aren’t in huge numbers, then just let them be. It’s because a few earwigs in your yard and garden are normal.
But if there are too many earwigs, then it means there’s an earwigs infestation.
Earwigs In Bathroom – What Are They Doing There And How Did They Get There?
Earwigs love moisture and dampness. If they’re inside your home, then your bathroom is their ideal dwelling place.
Also, they love the plumbing area inside your bathroom vanity where they hide.
But there’s one catch here.
Average bathroom moisture isn’t the only thing that attracts earwigs to the bathroom.
Their presence in the bathroom indicates moistness in the entire flooring of your bathroom.
So, check for any leak in and around the foundation of your home.
Are there any plumbing problems? Is there any leakage of water outside of your home near your home’s foundation? If yes, then fix them.
Also, check for any mildew smell coming out of your bathroom floor and bathroom cabinet area.
It also indicates wet flooring. If you get that smell, check below the bathroom floor (the next floor or basement) for any water leakage.
The best way to deal with it is to fix the leakage and sprinkle Ortho Powder around those areas to stop the earwigs from entering your bathroom.
Why Do You Have Earwigs In Bed?
There are no reasons for earwigs to be in your bed. If you see an earwig in your bed, then it must have come there accidentally.
Your bed or bedroom doesn’t offer moisture or food to the earwigs to survive.
The chances of finding an earwig in your bed are as good as lightning striking you.
And don’t believe myths that earwigs climb on to your beds to burrow holes inside your head or ears. Earwigs don’t crawl inside your ears.
How To Get Rid Of Earwigs And Stop Them From Coming Back?
Thankfully, it’s not complicated to get rid of earwigs and prevent them from sneaking inside your home.
As these pincher bugs are harmless, and they don’t breed inside your home, so getting rid of them is quite straightforward.
However, the challenge lies in finding them and blocking their entry points.
Use a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water to spray on the earwigs in your house. It kills them on contact. You can also use raid spray for roaches. It’ll will also do the job.
Earwigs will hide in the cracks of damp areas of your home. So, look for them underneath kitchen countertops, sinks, and in the voids of your bathroom and kitchen.
Use the mentioned sprays in these areas to get rid of any hiding earwigs.
If you don’t want to kill these harmless bugs, then use a vacuum cleaner on them to scoop them off the surface. And dispose of the vacuum cleaner dust bag outside of your property.
As earwigs are nocturnal bugs, you’ll have to undertake these activities after the sunset.
Additionally, you can also keep sticky traps near their hiding places. You can also make a homemade trap by mixing olive oil and soy sauce in a bowl and keeping it in your kitchen and bathroom where earwigs hide.
But you do only half the job when you get rid of earwigs.
To prevent earwigs from entering your home it’s vital that you eliminate the things that attract earwigs, destroy their outdoor habitats, and block their entry points.
Here’s how you can stop earwigs from entering your home in seven steps –
Remove Organic Wastes From Your Yard And Garden
Earwigs live and hide in the organic wastes like leaf litter, compost piles, decaying mulch beds, and rotting firewood.
They’ll also hide underneath rocks and fallen leaves on the soil beds of your yard and garden.
Your first job to stop earwigs from entering your home is to remove these things that are earwigs’ habitat.
Do not forget to clean the gutters of your home. Earwigs, and many bugs like ants, hide in garbage and leaf piles that blocks gutters.
Reduce Excess Moisture In Your Indoors And Outdoors
Earwigs are also moisture bugs. They like to live on damp places and near the water sources.
It’ll be best to refrain overwatering the soil beds of potted plants, yard, and garden.
Overwatering increases the dampness levels of your yard and, when there’s organic wastes, it attracts earwigs and many other bugs.
Earwigs enter homes in search of moisture. And if your indoors have excess moisture levels, it’ll attract earwigs.
So, fix any leaking pipes inside your home. Leaky pipes are the main reason for high dampness inside homes.
Seal Gaps And Cracks On Your Home’s Walls, Windows, And Doors
The cracks on the home’s walls, windows, and doors are entry points for earwigs and for many bugs.
These cracks develop over time either because of aging or because of high dampness levels in your home.
So, it’s essential that you seal these cracks with a quality sealant. A silicone-based sealant is best because it’s waterproof, robust, durable, and earwigs can’t break it.
Also, use weather stripping to seal the gaps between the window panes and window frames. Those are entry points for many bugs that sneak inside homes through the windows.
You can also use door sweeps to block the gap between the door and the floor. Earwigs can crawl through these gaps too.
Scatter Diatomaceous Earth In Your Yard
Diatomaceous earth is a desiccant and a natural bug killer. It penetrates the bugs’ bodies, soaks their fats, and breaks their exoskeletons.
That causes the bugs to die.
So, scatter a generous amount of diatomaceous earth on the mulch beds, firewood piles, soil beds, and around the perimeter of your home. Earwigs hide in these places. And unlike termites, earwigs don’t eat mulch or firewood.
It’ll eliminate earwigs and any other bugs hiding in those places.
Chop Of Unnecessary Vegetation Around The Windows And Near The Roof
Earwigs and many bugs sneak inside homes by crawling on the twigs and the branches that touch your home’s windows and doors.
If there are any, and unnecessary, then cut them off.
Cut any tree branches touching the roof of your home. Bugs like ants can also use them as a bridge to crawl inside your home through the gaps on the roof.
Spray Essentials In Your Kitchen, Bathroom, and Along The Perimeter Of Your Home
There are many essential oils that repel earwigs. Earwigs hate their smell.
For example, the peppermint essential oil spray is a proven bug and rodent repellant.
Additionally, the scents of essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, basil, cinnamon, and citrus also helps in keeping earwigs and bugs away.
You can prepare a spray by mixing 5-7 drops of any essential oils that repel earwigs with 7-10 ounces of water.
And spray it in the corners of your kitchen and bathroom.
You can also spray it on your yard and along the home’s perimeter so that the smell of these oils will prevent earwigs from coming near to your home.
Use the spray twice a week, especially in the summer months when earwigs get inside your home.
Use Bug Repelling Yellow Light Bulbs Near Windows And Doorways
Earwigs are attracted to light. So, using your regular light bulbs near windows and doors will attract the earwigs and cause them to enter your home.
It’ll be best to use bug repelling yellow LED light bulbs in your patio, terrace, near windows, crawl spaces, and doorways.
The light bulbs won’t attract the earwigs and bugs that attracted to light.
Do Earwigs Bite?
Yes, earwigs can bite you with their pinchers.
But they don’t sting you, which means that their bite can’t penetrate your skin. The bite can be painful. It can cause infection if they bite you on an open wound.
And earwigs don’t enter your ears, they don’t lay eggs in your hair, and they don’t drill in your body to live.
These are all myths that are associated with these harmless bugs for ages.
To conclude, earwigs get into your home through the cracks on your home’s walls and foundation, and open doors and windows.
You can also bring earwigs in your home from outside, through flowerpots, plants, and boxes. Artificial light also attracts them.
So, earwigs can also enter your house after sunset through open windows and gaps and cracks by chasing the light source in your home.
Earwigs are harmless bugs to humans and pets. They don’t do any damage to your property like termites and roaches do.
And you can eliminate earwigs without hiring a professional pest control.
If there’s an earwig infestation in your yard or garden, then earwigs will sneak inside your home when the weather outdoors becomes hot and dry. That leads to a sudden appearance of too many earwigs in the house.
This guide also has a seven-step guide to keep earwigs from entering your home.
We are Mark and Jim. We dabbled with bugs and pests for most of our lives. And we provide information and hacks that work in making your home pest free.