3 Ways to Kill Earwigs in Your Home

an earwig on a leaf
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What You'll Need
Vegetable oil

Earwigs are crawling insects that are related to the cockroach. They are not harmful or dangerous to humans; in fact, they provide some benefit as they eat slugs and other common garden pests. They will invade your home if they are looking for food and live inside by hiding in the crevices and cracks of a damp foundation. If earwigs have come into your home, there are various ways you can kill them, the most popular of which are listed below.

1. Use a Soap and Water Solution

The most common way to eliminate earwigs is to mix a soapy water solution and spray where you see earwigs, especially around the damp and musty foundation of your home.

2. Make an Earwig Trap

spray bottle

You can also kill earwigs by making an earwig trap at home from newspapers. Roll a newspaper, wet it well, and tie it securely with string, leaving it in a place where you know earwigs are concentrated. Earwigs love wet and damp environments so they will crawl into the rolled newspaper, getting stuck there. In the morning put the rolled newspaper in a plastic bag and throw way.

3. Use Honey to Attract Earwigs

Another way you can kill earwig is to take an empty can of food, fill with half an inch of vegetable oil, add a dash of honey and place where you suspect earwigs live. They will be attracted to the smell of honey and crawl into the can from where they will drown in the oil. Put the can in a plastic bag and throw it away.