Earwigs don’t pose any threat to you or your home’s interiors.
Earwigs are outdoor bugs. They’re beneficial bugs for your garden.
Earwigs eat harmful garden bugs like aphids, mites, sowbugs, and many more.
But at times, earwigs enter your home.
In that case, you may not want to kill the earwigs and use some natural methods to get rid of them.
One of the natural ways is to use essential oils to get rid of earwigs.
In this post, we’ll give you seven essential oils that works great in repelling earwigs from your home.
So, let’s look at them.
7 Essential Oils To Get Rid Of Earwigs
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Cinnamon Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Clove Essential Oil
- Basil Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
But if you don’t use an authentic essential oil, you won’t be able to get rid of earwigs.
Many people make a mistake in choosing essential oils. They choose fragrance oils instead of essential oil.
But, inherently, both are different.
Fragrance oils are made from essential oils diluted by synthetic additives and chemicals.
In contrast, essential oils are pure concentrated plants and flowers extract. They’re thick and have a more potent fragrance than fragrance oils.
Many manufacturers mix pure essential oils with vegetable oils to get rid of the chemicals that go in preparing fragrance oils.
It’s just a tactic to reduce the price and increase profitability.
To test, if the essential oil is mixed with vegetable oil, put a drop of essential oil on paper.
If there’s an oil ring around the drop, then the essential oil is mixed with vegetable oil.
It’s not authentic.
So, what you must look for in essential oil to get rid of earwigs and other bugs?
Here’s what you should keep in mind –
- It must be 100% plant extract.
- It must have cold condensed and pure plant extract mentioned on the label.
- It must have a Latin name of the plant or flower from which it’s extracted on its label.
- It must have the country of origin mentioned in the bottle.
- Authentic essential oils are sold in dark bottles. It’s to stop the light from entering the bottle. Exposure to direct ruins original essential oils.
- Essential oils are never sold in plastic bottles. It’s because of plastic spoils essential oils. Authentic essential oils are always sold in glass bottles.
- Essential oils have a strong “natural” smell.
- And finally, authentic essential oils are a bit expensive than inauthentic ones. It’s because many plants and flowers are needed to make original essential oils.
Avoid buying from sellers who price different types of essential oils similarly.
The pricing of essential oils varies from type to type, and it depends on the supply.
For example, the cinnamon essential oil is a bit expensive than lavender essential oil.
How To Use Essential Oils To Get Rid Of Earwigs?
It’s easy to use essential oils against earwigs or bugs.
But before that, you need to know where earwigs hide.
Earwigs hide in damp places inside your home.
The bathroom, kitchen (especially below the kitchen sink area), basement, and laundry room are where earwigs mostly hide.
During the night, you may spot earwigs in dry places like your living room or bedroom.
But it’s only because they’re looking for other bugs to eat.
So, once you know where earwigs hide, it’s time to make earwigs spray.
Here’s how to make an essential oil spray with water to get rid of earwigs.
Mix half to one ounce of any one of the essential oils that we mentioned with water.
Eucalyptus, cinnamon, peppermint, and lavender are readily available.
Stir the mixture well and put the mixture in a sprayer.
Then spray the mixture in earwigs hiding places. You can also spray it around your bed and upholstery furniture to deter them from climbing on these places.
Spray the mixture during the daytime. Because earwigs are relatively dormant during the day, and they remain hidden in their hiding places.
Earwigs will exit your home.
The strong, pungent smell of cold condensed essential oils repels earwigs and many other bugs like silverfish and roaches.
The botanical insecticidal property of essential oil works well in repelling earwigs.
Also, essential oils are absolutely safe for humans and pets.
Using essential oils is the best way to make earwigs in your home to go away naturally.
But do keep in mind that essential oils are pest repellents. They’re not pest killers.
Essential oils don’t work well in repelling tough pests like termites and bed bugs.
We’re Mark and Jim, and we’re retired pest controllers who made homes pest-free for more than three decades. We, along with our team of experts, founded this site to give you the pest control hacks that work.