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Question DetailsAsked on 7/12/2013

How do I get rid of earwigs in my bathroom?

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Earwigs are drawn to moisture. Unfortunately, the bathroom is probably the one room in the house with the most moisture. Is it a second story bathroom? What is below it? Do you have any leaks around the foundation of the home, a sprinkler system, excessive water puddling outside? These types of things will make your home very attractive to earwigs and other bugs. Some good practices to get in the habit of doing in order to prevent this attraction in the bathroom would be making sure the exhaust fan is on while showering, wipe sinks and tub/sills down and keep them as dry as you can, use drain stoppers to plug the drains while not using, fix any leaks under sinks or around toilet. Also think about what might be on the other side of the walls. If it's a first floor bathroom, are there plants right outside that room touching the house? Do you have mulch in your flower beds that is right up on the house? Raking that mulch back 2-3 inches from the foundation and trimming any foliage will do wonders to reduce insect populations.

Besides these measures to cure the problem at its source, a thorough exterior/interior pest control application will reduce populations of all unwanted insects. If you hire a local professional to do this for you, it will most likely be a one-time treatment and they'll use a product that will last the next three months, keeping you covered against pests like that into the Fall. There are products you can find at home improvement stores, but to be honest, they're not the best. And without the knowledge of where you're applying the product, it may not be very successful in controlling your target pest. :)


Answered 5 years ago by Janelle


Janelle made 2 points I think bear emphasizing here -

earwigs and cinch bugs come primarily from the ground, so look for a favorable damp environment leading to the house - normal bathroom moisture will not attract them by itself, their presence generally indicates moisture in the floor system, or a damp crawl space. Start at the bottom and work up, looking for dampness or leaks, or places where water is hitting the foundation from the outside.

Also, when she said the bug treatments you can get at your home improvement store are not the best, I don't think she was knocking them as such - I think she was referring to the fact that the most effective chemicals are registered poisons and can only be bought and applied by licensed and trained professional exterminators because, used improperly by a homeowner, they can be very dangerous to humans and pets. This is particularly true of the sprayed (as opposed to powder) persistent bug treatments used not only for extermination but also for preventative control.

Good luck with your control - I have found, if you find the entry point, that putting a trail of general Ortho powder pesticide along the outside of the foundation (assuming you have not small children or pets to get into it) works good on those species.

I would also get down on hands and knees and sniff all around the bathroom floor and cabient area for a wet, musty, or mildew smell which might indicate wet flooring, and if there is such a smell, check underneath that point on the next lower floor or basement/crawlspace (and about 5 feet around that point) for signs of a leak.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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