Though rarely destructive, earwigs are a nuisance to many homeowners due to their unsightly appearance and large population numbers. TERRO® has the solutions you need to control and eradicate earwigs in and around your home.


What Are the Signs of Earwigs?

Signs of Earwigs

There are not many ways to spot an infestation of earwigs. Naturally, the easiest way to find out if you have earwigs is by seeing them. The best time to spot them is usually at night when they are most active – earwigs are nocturnal, so they do their feeding after dark. They can be found in almost any area of your home, but especially rooms where there is water or dampness such as basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens.

You can also identify earwig infestations by examining your plants – they like to feed on them! Plants visited by earwigs will have small holes across the leaves, as well as ragged edges.

How Can I Control a Earwig Infestation?

  • Remove: The best way to contain a silverfish population is to severely cut their access to moisture. With that in mind, seal up leaky pipes and dry out consistently wet areas with air conditioners, heaters, fans or dehumidifiers.
  • Seal: If you have a lot of items or food that may be appetizing to silverfish, seal them in airtight containers or plastic bags.
  • Fix: Some objects may be too big to put in containers to protect them from silverfish. Try putting these on a metal shelf and wrapping the feet of the shelf with double-sided tape, which will catch any bug trying to investigate the shelf contents.
  • Dehydrate: If possible, try to eliminate any food sources that the silverfish may be eating. For example, dispose of old newspapers and remove wallpaper they are infesting.

How Can I Get Rid of Earwigs?

Get Rid of Earwigs

There are a number of options for getting rid of a silverfish

  • Eliminate on Contact - Stop an infestation in its tracks and eliminate earwigs on contact with TERRO® Ant Killer Plus. Apply granules near the foundation of your home to prevent them from entering in the first place.
  • Treat the Perimeter - To handle a sizable infestation, spread granules of TERRO® Multi-Purpose Insect Bait around the exterior perimeter of your home. It will slowly kill earwigs after they cross it, while also eliminating more insects.
  • Dry Them Out: Spread OMRI Listed® Diatomaceous earth where you see signs of earwigs. This powder is made of fossilized algae, which will cause moisture-loving insects that crawl through it or ingest it to dehydrate and die.

Are There Different Kinds of Earwigs?

North America has more than twenty different species of earwigs, among the approximately 1,800 species found elsewhere in the world. Of the twenty in the United States, some appear more readily than others do. Here are a few of the species you might spot in or around your home:

  • European earwig - A non-native species in the United States, this earwig is one of the most widespread in the country. An adult of this species measures approximately ½ inch in length. It is characterized by a thin, dark brown or reddish-brown body with forceps and four light-colored wings.
  • Red-legged earwig - Measuring approximately ½ inch in length, red-legged earwigs have a dark brown, sometimes black body with a yellow-brown underside. This species does not have the leathery wings of other earwigs, but does have antennae and forceps.
  • Striped earwig - One of the larger species of earwigs, striped earwigs, (or shore earwigs) are ¾ to 1 inch long and are found mainly in southern United States. Their coloring can vary from light brown with dark markings to reddish brown with light and dark markings.