by April Reinhardt
(last updated May 29, 2009)
Earwigs are simply an annoyance, causing no destruction to your home. They're just coming inside to find a damp, dark place to live and breed. But, if you're like me, you probably can't stand the fact that the little buggers are most likely running around somewhere within your home. I was washing my hair in the kitchen sink last week and pulled aside the dish drainer to make room on the counter for my shampoo and conditioner, and a silverfish was there, staring back at me. I plucked a spoon from the adjacent sink and squashed him with the bowl of it before he could scurry away with his little buggy legs. While sitting here writing this article about him, I have goosebumps on my arms just thinking about the fact that, if I saw one of them, there are more of them. The same holds true for any other insect that you see in your house; where there's one, there are surely more.
Since earwigs are easily recognizable by their forceped pincers on the tail of the body, once you see one, you'll know what it is, and that there are more of them. Here are some tips for getting rid of earwigs from your home:
Since earwigs are attracted to moist, damp areas, remove all mulch, firewood, yard debris, and loose stones in your walkway from around your home. You can also sprinkle boric acid powder into cracks and crevices, and all around the foundation of your home, to deter earwigs from crossing the line into your home.
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