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Use These Helpful Tips To Keep Earwigs Out Of Your House
1. Seal Your Foundation
Holes, cracks, or gaps in your home's foundation can become an earwig entry point. Concrete bonding adhesive and a vinyl concrete patching compound can easily fix hairline cracks.
While wider cracks can be repaired with latex concrete caulk, silicone, or polyurethane, cracks and holes bigger than ½ inch will need foam backer rods or hydraulic cement.
2. Use Fans And Dehumidifiers
Earwigs don't like dry environments, so removing excess moisture from the house makes them feel unwelcome. Setting up portable, ceiling, or exhaust fans inside your home can help.
Similarly, dehumidifiers process moisture in the air into water that can be disposed of. Place them in areas that have consistently wet surfaces, discolored wood,
and water stains.
3. Repair Leaky Plumbing
Earwigs are lured by high moisture levels around leaking pipes, which can be found under sinks, refrigerators, and garbage disposals or in kitchen and laundry appliance waterlines.
Depending on the type of the leak, plumber's tape, self-fusing silicone tape, pipe putty, neoprene patches, or repair clamps should work. Replace the pipe if it’s unrepairable.
4. Fix Holes In Window Screens
Once a hole forms in a window screen, it can quickly widen and help earwigs invade your home. Small holes in fiberglass screens can be fixed with a few coats of clear nail polish.
Use adhesive fiberglass screen patch material for larger holes and aluminum screen patches for aluminum screens. Rescreen the frames if there are multiple holes or serious damage.
5. Don't Leave Food Or Drinks Out
An earwig's diet mainly consists of other insects and plant matter, but when they get indoors, they'll also feast on fruits, vegetables, flour, and things like bread and cookies.
After meals, store leftovers in sealed containers and clean the countertops and floors. Put rinsed dishware and glasses in the dishwasher or soak them in hot water and soap.