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Barb wants to know..

What is the best way to get rid of earwigs?



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by ANDREALOU   
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by LORAC3265   
An exterminator
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by DANIELLEAKAME   
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by MAXMOM921   
Good ideas, thx!
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by SB1234   
let us know how this turns out.
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by SONIC333   
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by WIFEOFELDER   
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by EDHEJL   
They're nasty multi-legged bugs that dwell in wet or damp areas. And they bite! Crush 'em.
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by GESWHOSBAC   
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by TIGERP   
ewww they are ugly!!!!!!
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by ANANGKE   
good ideas
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by RONNAN   
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by ABBY20   
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by FLYNDRGN   
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by CHESTERBOY   
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by ILLINI02   
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by BOOBEAT1984   
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by MOMOF2_2   
We call them pincher butt bugs & they are 1 of the few bugs I really hate!!! I have sprayed them with a bit of rubbing alcohol in a spritzer bottle & have even used hair spray if they have been in the bathroom. They seem to like mulched areas as well as dark spots... Good luck!!!
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by KIRRA420   
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by JILLW45   
never heard of them
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by WEDGEL   
when I lived in CA we called them pincher bugs... nasty critters..

http://www.howtogetridofstuff.com/pest-control/how-to-get-rid-of-ear-wigs/
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by CHESTERBOY   
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by PUPPYDUPPY   
Haven't had them come in the house but one day discovered a lot of them under my bushes. cleaned out all the leaves under the plants and they must have move on - phew!
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by LSCHRADE   
they are gross. They love my grill so when I go open it they fall all over the place.
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by FPAJVAB   
yuk
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by ALSL8R   
wish I had an additional suggestion but looks like you got a number of good ones! Good Luck!
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by REDCATWOMAN   
Will try the boric acid, thanks!
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by STRONI   
wow
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by 555513   
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by KIMMIEG.   
some good ideas ty
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by LINDAKR   
Leave it to the pros!~
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by MARGIE02   
good ideas
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by RJKELSO1480   
dont know sorry
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by MYAMY0502   
good luck
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by NOMOMOMO   
they sure are creepy looking ! UGH good luck getting rid of them.
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by DOONERME   
They are gross and get all over my mail box in the summer...I am afraid to get the mail and the newspaper so us my 15 year old son they pinch if they can. I use bug spray from the hardware store...ewe
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by AMBERANNIE   
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by HINTON4PLUS1   
ewwwww how ugly
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by 1000009949701   
whatsthatbug.com
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by 1000009949701   
Also, bugguide.net. They're fairly common.
by MUGHIBEAR   
I'd like to know too. Wow, those are nasty.
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by BEACHREADER   
I am not familiar with these bugs. Sorry
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by AGGIEDOO   
i don't get these, thankfully.
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by EGGSHELL28   
they are awful
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by 161821121225   
I will try :)
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by 92651   
Never had them but be careful of using poisons if you have pets around.
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by SHASHA192000   
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by SPAGADOR   
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by ARKE3   
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by CORNPIGS   
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by SHELBYACAT   
yuck
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by CKCOX   
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by ZOLYSHKA   
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by RLONG1150   
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by SHERIBOOP   
If Earwigs are like Ants or Slugs use Dry Gritts, they eat it they blow up.(because the gritts will exspand inside of them), That way It is Safe around your pets & children!! Apply around Homes base after each rain, that is only problem with this.
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by BARBWIRE4471   
really? That seems to be the easiest and safest for my dogs. I will try this first.
by EMGONZALES   
ewhh
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by COOKIN'MAMA   
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by ONFIRE4HIM316   
great suggestions. Hope one of them works for you.
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by OLYMPIAR   
heard of them - never had them - just check the bug sprays
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by FLOMARY   
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by LEYANNEKING   
never heard of them
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by DRLAHRU   
never heard of them
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by SKYMAN103   
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by JOY11   
There are good sprays you can purchase. Just check at your local hardware store.
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by AYAAYABOOUS   
dont know
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by KATLYN00   
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by FATLIL   
nasty bugs
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by CPOINDEXTER   
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by CHIREX99   
bugs !!
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by DONNASWA   
Hubby just sprays bug spray around foudation,he gets at Lowes.It works ,so head to Lowes and talk to one of the garden center folks as they will know the name of the product.It works great for these nasty bugs.
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by LINDABRAND   
hate them
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by SALVADORARIAS   
hate them
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by MRSNHBSA   
hate them
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by MIZZOULADY   
don't have them around here. Sorry, can't help.
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by AMATOJ3   
ewwwwwwwwww
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by CHABIAS   
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by PLG24   
These you see up North. I'm from Connecticut and saw them alot I used beer or something like that for them to drown in.
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by BROOKLYNBABY65   
dry out areas near house and use spray first, then boric acid powder. Reapply after heavy rains
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by OPIEDY   
yum
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by NWCWC   
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by TAMMY_534   
What are they?
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by REIGN10   
Thanx for all the ideas
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by 2JENNY   
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by TEALSKIES   
ewwwww
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by NDAKOTA BLUE   
not familiar with this insect.
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by NORMAN5   
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by NEWME36   
I would not know. Wish I did.
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by LURKER#1   
Don't like these critters.
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by LURKER#1   
Don't like these critters.
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by MYAPAIN   
gross & what are they is correct . ? . I'm clueless
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by CATHY3535   
hate them
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by GRAM1048   
Ortho makes a good spray
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by YOMOMDAD   
Check with local do it yourself exterminator.
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by BANMID   
ewww, nasty little bugs
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by BROUJP   
Thank-You.
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by 8FOR3   
not sure
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by GIRLS2   
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by COMPMAMA   
If you have a lot of vegetation(flowers or low bushes) close to the house the earwigs will hide in there and get in under your siding. I dug out all the flowers around the foundation and the earwigs seemed to disappear almost overnight. They are nasty bugs. Good luck Barb.
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by MOMMYPIE55   
We don't have any vegetation close to the house but still get a few inside (YUCK!)
by NUTTIER1   
good info - thanks
by BJE123   
thank you
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by DRAGONFAIRY2   
keep the areas dry and use regular bug spray
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by PATCHES_TURPIN   
thanks for the ideas
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by BLA1228   
yuck. stepping on them here, but we're not normally inundated. Probably would use some spray otherwise.
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by ELIZABETHASQUINI   
agreed!
by MISSYD2   
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by DIVI TREE   
I can't even look at this picture of one!
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by EGGOFHEN   
not sure
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by BARBWIRE4471   
Thank you for all of the helpful hints/ideas.
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by MEL98942   
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by STELLATJ   
ewwwww
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by AECF   
sorry, no idea
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by HEATHER (OHIO)   
Don't see these too often though I know people who have had problems with them. They don't hurt anything, but are a nuisance.
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by BARINSKY   
Seldom see these where I live, but with all the rain we've had in the past few days, we might be seeing them more often. Nice to know there are ways to dispose of them.
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by JULIE9055   
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by DANCEHOCKEY   
never seen them before
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by TOPSEABUG   
yuck
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by 3MUMMY   
Good tips to get rid of them. Thanks.
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by CHRISOC   
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by BABAWAWA   
We use the Ortho earwig spray from Home Depot. My husband sprays all around the outside of the house (near the ground) at least twice as soon as we see the first one. It usually does the trick and we only see one or two after that. We live near the water where it is very damp all the time and we used to have l00's of the little suckers. Good luck
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by BARBWIRE4471   
Thank you.
by N7NICKYS7N   
there has to be some kind of repellent
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by SANDY413   
good tips
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by MIKEJO   
they are a nuisance! I hate these things! It's good to know how to get rid of them!
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by JDIPAOLA   
not sure
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by IDG1   
Best thing I've found for defense agains these pinching b... uhh bugs is chickens. They seem to love eating them.
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by Y1DER   
GOOD
by BARBWIRE4471   
I have 2 dogs...I don't think that will work. But, what kind of chickens? Any kind?
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by EEEK   
good luck
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by RJLBUD   
no
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by SAVANNAHA   
good luck
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by JUSTBECKY0512   
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by CHERLNN   
DITTO ON SHOP2CHIC.
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by SHARONPEVA   
have not seen one of these in years
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by RITA4   
don't know
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by RUTHIE37   
they like damp places and hide there the can with either beer or oil helps
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by TMEDARIS   
never had a problem with these
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by JERRYHIGG   
Scary
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by PAMTIM   
Sorry
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by CODYB   
No idea, sorry
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by BOBBISNY   
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by ICANWATCH   
i see one or two here at home-usually small ones-they just get stepped on or squished-the "bug man" sprays so i am sure that helps
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by LAURE2   
Good luck, Barb. Hope you get rid of them.
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by SUE1933   
think i would try the boric acid
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by TOREYY   
don't guess we have these in Mississippi - never seen one anyway! Yikes! good to know what to do if I do ever see one!
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by BLACKCAT13   
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by GMBUSDRIVER46   
moth balls
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by HOMELL   
no idea
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by MOTOBABE   
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by JESUS IS LOVE   
Ortho® Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Insect Killer Ready-To-Use
Control Earwigs Outside
Apply Ortho® Bug B Gon Garden & Landscape Insect Killer Ready To Use around flower pots, woodpiles, and porch foundations. Those are the kinds of places where they like to hide during the day.
http://www.scotts.com/smg/solve/solution/solutionArticle.jsp?detailId=11900028&campaign=o-ps-google-bbg-Earwigs-20120401
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by BARBWIRE4471   
Thanks. I have tried sprays before. There just seem to be so many...can't seem to get them all. How often do you have to re-spray?
by BWHITED   
never seen one
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by TERRI14   
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by LUANDECK   
yikes!
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by CPOGIE   
No help here....we do not have these up here in the mountains.
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by JKOMJIAN   
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by MAMACHELE51   
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by SASSYSUEFL   
gross nasty looking bug...we have all kinds of gross looking bugs here in FL & you have problems with them ALL year long..Thank You
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by WALLYFAN1   
yuck
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by CHITCHATCHANDLER   
YUCK!
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by MOLLYKAY   
I hate earwigs..they freak me out.
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by MARRISA0733   
Diatomaceous Earth powder does the trick for any soft-bodied bugs/insects. Basically when bugs are in contact with this powder, it will dry out their natural moist in their body and dry them to death. It works!
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by SOULSPIRT1   
These disgusting creatures are NOT soft bodied.
by ENDLESS FAITH   
This is what I use, Had a problem with roaches, sprinkled this around, and I haven't seen one in about 3 years. This is also safe around pets and children. It will not harm them if ingested.
by GIRLE04   
Gross, but good idea!
by CLARKDL   
great tip. TY!
by NANCYYC   
this does work
by COOPZ   
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by KATHY1007   
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by BOB455   
ty for tip
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by LEE DELORES   
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by SLLUBS   
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by MSLILY64   
dunno, not much of a problem right now. If I do see any I step on them with shoes on...
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by CLEANONE   
good luck
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by 032251   
check on line
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by LEWISTON   
Good luck.
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by GHAYNIE   
hate those things
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by JUNAMOON   
had a problem with them in NJ many years ago
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by HBBULL   
go to your local garden shop and ask
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by 080559   
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by MOGAE   
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by SEATSEAMER   
not me
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by WAUNELL   
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by SUESICAL   
huh
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by KRIZZEL   
I don't know. :-(
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by REFUNDER50   
thanks
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by AFD302   
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by TIGGERGER2000   
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by BRIM   
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by SHOP2CHIC   
salt, it works the same as boric acid they require alot of water. Salt and/ or boric acid will make them dry out.
Earwig spray
1.Mix 8oz of distilled water into a small spray bottle.
2.Add 2 tbsp of Baking Soda to bottle and shake for 30 seconds.
3.Add 1 tbsp of dish soap to the mixture.
4.Distilled white vinger (50:50) can also be mixed with water as an alternative.

Spray can be safely used around plants, door frames, and light fixtures but you will want to avoid using the vinegar solution around plants.
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by VAMC2   
Thanks
by BARBWIRE4471   
Thank you
by KAYSTAR   
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by KKWEDDLE   
Thanks for all the ideas!
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by DIANA1006   
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by FIREDUST37   
Thank you.
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by PRINCESSPOWELL   
step on them??? Bug spray? A cat they eat any bug
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by ZIGGY7   
Thanks!
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by 2962BANDER   
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by SWEETIEWHEATIESCOTIE   
Boric acid seems to work for us. Thanks for all the other good ideas.
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by BARBWIRE4471   
Can you use boric acid around pets??? I have 2 dogs
by VACTOR2   
never heard of them
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by FUN4CLC   
I don't like those bugs! Wish I had a good solution!
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by KSWALSH   
great tips. thanks.
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by CATIES   
I would try boric acid also
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by GLKA   
sorry, really don't know.
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by PACUNURSE   
Chemicals
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by JACKI2954   
I hope to never get these....
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by JSCHNACK   
no
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by DFAN   
good ideas I see
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by BPHMOM   
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by GABBYMH   
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by CLAUDIA229   
They're around here too.
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by AMY1   
ugly critter
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by CATERNIA   
I don't want to know!!
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by SHVESTER3   
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by GAILFREE   
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by ABUDOG   
don't know
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by SJEASLER   
I've never had them in the house.
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by DFULCHER99   
yuck, I hate all bugs but don't think I have ever seen one of these and hope I don't.
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by SANDY314   
we had an invasion of these couple years ago..we had to buy bug bombs and bomb our house ....
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by 2767   
thanks
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by NAPOLEONBAKER   
I've seen them, but only outside. They have never come into my house.
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by CHILPEP   
Unless the cat brings them in on his fur. Then they get "stomped"
by 20456   
agreed
by CLAUDIA229   
I don't like seeing these things in or around my house. We have an exterminator which helps.
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by ELVISSYKES   
yes
by SHELTIESHA   
Not Certain On This Good Luck
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by CHARLIE424   
We get those too.
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by PUTER_TATER   
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by DRFATZ   
Thanks
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by PMKIRKWOOD @MAC.COM   
unsure...
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by PRUI   
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by TERRIOBRIEN   
gross
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by DANCINGTIGGER5   
Thank you!
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by MOM294   
yuck
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by ANONYMOUS TOO :-)(-:   
My reaction also. What is this thing?
by CB6658   
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by RONNAN   
The biggest thing is to remove dampness then probably any pest control product will work.
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by DIMSUM12   
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by PEPSIGRANDMA   
No idea except have a pest control service come out.
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by KATHY1211   
eww
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by MIKEINTEXAS   
I don't know, but I remember an old Night Gallery episode that was horrifying. That was the one that got my dad to watching the show w/ me.
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by SEAYA712   
I remember that one about a female earwig...skin crawling about now..............
by AJBANAS   
don't know
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by ALS6437   
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by CARROTTHEAD   
i would try the boric acid
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by NORRIS   
me too
by JOERACER   
Sorry...no help..
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by MYPRIVATE   
thanks
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by TAMMYANGEL   
thanks
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by RZUROVEC   
Dunno
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by MASTFAN   
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by RAVHPB   
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by DMG260   
good luck!
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by PUMPKINSMILE2008   
no idea
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by BLIZZARINO   
earwigs are creepy bugs and I am sure boric acid does the trick in getting rid of them. Boric acid is great for all kinds of pesky bugs - even fleas.
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by FRANNY-LU   
In the spring, I spray outside, under the lower edge of siding. All around the house. Works like a charm. Also helps to not leave any wet clothes(towels)on the floor.
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by COWCHIPPER   
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by PRELUDER93   
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by MOM294   
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by CITYDINER   
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by SJFISHER   
No idea sorry - and I hope I never need to know either
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by MEMAW1   
no clue
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by PAULETTE294   
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by LRDORN   
Couple of good ideas! I have used boric acid and know that works. Moved into a house with a basement full of spiders and I put boric acid around the entire perimeter of it and worked like a charm. Not many of any bugs!
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by TLCROCKETT   
This is good to know! Thanks.
by B.J. IN ILLINOIS   
same here boric acid works and is cheap and works on many pest
by FAMJR   
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by ADDMUP   
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by CATHYLB56560   
don't know
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by MYMEEMER   
Hope these hiints will help. I hate bugs!
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by CHRISUSA46   
I thought an earwig was a tune that's stuck in your head!
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by YOSHIE95   
lol
by MARYFERN   
LOL!
by JOERACER   
No, you got it all wrong. It is a very small wig that covers your ears!!! They come in left or right and various colors!!!
by TUMBLETHORN   
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by JBREPAIR   
boric acid
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by REVVER   
idk
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by WINONA2   
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by SAHOBSON   
never seen them before
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by SHELLEYBERBACH   
boric Acid
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by GRAYSON   
i have no idea
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by WEENIEWIFE   
I did a google search and there are many ways to get rid of them, including the boric acid.
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by MARYFERN   
Gotta love Google!
by SCHEEPY   
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by YJB1970   
Thank You
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by CAROLAB   
I've set out clean tuna fish cans with beer in them. The earwigs drown in it. Never heard of the vegetable oil idea but going to definitely try that one. The little critters do bite!
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by ASWP   
thanks for the ideas
by WEDGEL   
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by SKY40   
I don't what to do either.
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by A HYGIENIST   
they are gross!
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by SNSMANE   
Are they affecting humans or animals? Unsure of what an earwig is or does.
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by BIESTEK   
They chew up a lot of plants, They thrive in rotting wood (wood chip mulch) and wet areas. You can make a trap to get some ... roll up a few pages of a newspaper and put them out at dusk. Dampen them. Late at night or early a.m. collect them (be careful to hold them flat so the bugs don't drop out. I seal them up in a big plastic trash bag. The best way to get rid of them is to get rid of the rotting wood and leaves they like to live in.
by GODIS1   
Not really sure. Sorry.
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by AMAEBI   
I have heard of earwig traps baited with beer.
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by CKSTIGER   
A shallow pan of vegetable oil will attract and drown them, or you can dust the area where they are coming in with boric acid which, once they walk through it, will help exterminate them.
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by LINDAANGEL   
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by ZOONOSIS   
Boric acid works great for roaches as well. Thanks!
by NLLIB   
helpful information, thanks
by PURPLE1010   
thanks! :)
by CHERYLPAYNE   
no idea
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by SHINAR00   
I think SS had a hint some time ago. sorry I can't help.
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by HEDGECLIP   
don't know what these are
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by DADISH   
Gross...just saw the photo they attached. I could've gone without every seeing one. Now my skin has that 'crawling' feeling.
by JELLYBEAN2   
What are they?
by HEMEN2   
me too
by DADISH   
Nor I.

 

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