When you finish reading this post, you’ll know how do earwigs get in your house.
You’ll also get to know where do earwigs come from, what attracts them, and what can you do to stop earwigs from entering your home.
So, let’s begin.
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.
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.
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 get inside 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.
How Do Earwigs Get Inside Your Home?
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 gaps 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 what attracts earwigs? Why are earwigs in your house?
The first thing that attracts earwigs, we mentioned in the last section, is when the weather outside is inhospitable for them.
If it’s too wet or starts to get cold, earwigs choose to enter your home. 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 that attracts earwigs 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, their existence doesn’t revolve around any queen or king (like termites). 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 as aphids or maggots do.
Earwigs eat flowers, leaves, organic wastes, other 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. But if there are too many, then you can use our methods to get rid of them.
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 Can You Stop Earwigs From Entering Your Home?
Keeping earwigs away from your home isn’t that complicated. All you need to do is reduce moistness inside and outside your home and seal the cracks from where earwigs can enter.
Here’s a step by step guide to preventing earwigs from entering your home:
- Begin with cleaning up your yard or garden. Remove piles of foliage, rotting wood, and garbage.
- Check for any gaps or cracks at the exterior walls of your home. Seal them up with a sealant like these to stop earwigs from sneaking in.
- Check if the gap between the bottom of the door and the ground is too much. If there is, then reduce the gap by adding another slab of wood below the door.
- Replace the weather stripping on your sliding doors if they are not in good condition.
- Clean your gutter from any clogs and repair any damages, if there’s any. Notice for any clogs and cracks, especially on those areas of gutter from where the water escapes.
- Dehumidify your home by using reliable and good quality humidifiers.
- Fix any leakages or plumbing issues, especially around the foundation of your home, kitchen, bathroom, basement, and laundry room.
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 attract earwigs.
So, they’re likely to enter your house after sunset through open windows and gaps and cracks in your home.
Earwigs aren’t lethal indoor pests and they don’t do any damage to your property like termites and roaches do.
We don’t recommend using insecticides to kill earwigs inside your home.
Insecticides are harmful for both children and pets. Instead, you can use essential oils to get rid of earwigs naturally.
We’re Mark and Jim. We were serial pest killers for almost all of our lives. Through this blog we spread pest murdering tips to people like you who want to keep their homes pest free.