How to make a homemade earwig trap. There are many different ways that you can try to block earwigs from entering your house, such as caulk and weather strip. While this will work temporarily, it’s not the most effective way of keeping them out forever. One of the easiest and best ways is using a homemade earwig trap .
This method is cheap and very easy to do. All you need is a container and some bait , and bam! You’ve got yourself an earwig trap.
Instructions: How To Make A Homemade Earwig Trap
1) Find a small plastic tub with lid (or even use tupperware).
2) Drill 7 holes in the top for ventilation purposes only
3) Find a good bait for the earwigs. Some good things to use are: fruits, vegetables, or meat.
4) Place your bait in the tub and seal it up with the lid.
5) Set it where you usually see them running around at night, such as near a window or entry-way into your house
6) In about 1-2 weeks you’ll get rid of all of those pesky earwigs
Earwigs are insects that belong to the Dermaptera order. There are 2000 known earwig species worldwide, including 70 in North America.
Earwigs have five stages of development: egg, four nymphal instars, and adult. Earwigs can live up to one year as adults. Males live slightly longer than females due to increased levels of bacteria symbiotic with their gut which improves spore dispersal during mating (by males).
Earwigs are nocturnal creatures that are most active at night or near dusk when they feed on living plants and dead organic matter. They rely heavily on sight rather than smell for feeding purposes. They will not eat without first chewing a hole in the tissue of plant or fruit. Earwigs are able to pierce the skin of leaves with their modified front pair of pincers that are called cerci, which they use for defense and feeding purposes.
If you find yourself in an environment where earwigs keep coming back again and again, you could have a nest nearby. Earwig nests can be found underground in holes in the ground, under objects lying on the soil, or in hollows inside trees/plants. Earwigs usually get into your garden by burrowing into loose soil near plants or through cracks or openings around items like patio furniture, paving stones etc.