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post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
I have the beginnings of an earwig infestation going on in my basement. Man do those things give me the willies! I have an finished apartment in the basement that is currently housing my foster kitties. Without fail I will find dozens of the nasty little things hiding under their water dishes and food dishes everyday.

Does anyone know of any kitty-safe methods to getting rid of earwigs...and preventing them from coming back. I don't want to put out any chemicals since they would all be harmful to the kitties.

Thanks everyone!
post #2 of 32
Ewww those things are so gross the cats won't even go near them! We used to get a lot in our old apartment. Unfortunately, I don't have any helpful tips. Perhaps a kind of glue trap would work? Do they have chemicals in them?
post #3 of 32
Earwigs are my top most disgusting "things!" I am so grossed out by them. I find them in my mailbox crawling in my mail all the time! YUCK!!!! My mom puts out an old sour cream container with the cover on, and punches little holes in it all around it, about an inch or so from the bottom. Then she puts soy sauce inside, about 3/4 inch high, just a little below the holes. They crawl in because of the smell, and since the holes are punched inward, they can't crawl out again and they drown in the soy sauce. Death by soy sauce. What a way to go...
post #4 of 32
Do a google search for earwigs. Many US universities have extension office's that put out fact sheets on cause and prevention. I do believe you have to treat for them noth inside and outdoors.
post #5 of 32
Yes and they love dark places like under bushes and in mulch. They also LOVE petunia plants. They can nestle their little nasty bodies right down in the flower and sleep there. Yick.
post #6 of 32
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by menagerie mama
Earwigs are my top most disgusting "things!" I am so grossed out by them. I find them in my mailbox crawling in my mail all the time! YUCK!!!! My mom puts out an old sour cream container with the cover on, and punches little holes in it all around it, about an inch or so from the bottom. Then she puts soy sauce inside, about 3/4 inch high, just a little below the holes. They crawl in because of the smell, and since the holes are punched inward, they can't crawl out again and they drown in the soy sauce. Death by soy sauce. What a way to go...

What an awesome idea....I'm sure vegetable oil or something similar would have the same impact. I hope the foster kitties don't think it's a toy. I just went down there (after cleaning the place to death last night) and when I turned the lights on i could see about a dozen of them running in all directions. I can almost feel my skin crawling still. I'm going to give that a try tomorrow. I'm worried about putting chemicals even outside since there are som many neighbourhood strays and outdoor cats. i would hate to poison anything. (plus our city is technically pesticide-free...so i'll have to find something natural)
post #7 of 32
EEEshhhh

Earwigs give me the wiggins.

As do cockroaches....they don't scare me but just give me the heeby jeebies....I hope you find something.
post #8 of 32
Thread Starter 
Well..when i was out staining my deck this afternoon I found several earwig motels int he lattice work. Needless to say I did the jump and scream in response! I went to the store for some bug spray and the lady at the hardware store said that she has an infestation too, and that tons of customers have been coming in for stuff. I guess since the spring was so damp and humid. Either way...i'm about ready to declare war on these little nasty buggers!!!
post #9 of 32
Yuck to bugs in general! This time of year, they really make their presence known around here, too, and, like you, I refuse to use any sort of pesticide around my girlies. That's a clever suggestion for a little trap!
post #10 of 32
i had to look it up to see what it is
and all i can say is
EWWWW
post #11 of 32
Ewww! I have never seen those before and glad that I haven't! (just googled it)

LoL, but the plastic container with holes and soy sauce sounds way worth a try, good luck!
post #12 of 32
Thread Starter 
I think the time for natural extermination methods has passed. I went down there this evening to check on the fosters, opened the door and I must have seen 50 of them in one clump right under the sink, i found another group of 50+ behind the fridge. So disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had to take the fosters out of the basement (they are safely in my bedroom - i think i'm sleeping on the couch!), and I took some chemical insecticide and went nuts all over the basement. When I started spraying another 100 must have start fleeing from behind the baseboards....

I don't even know what to say anymore except.....EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. I am going back to the home depot tomorrow to find some traps and more spray. I found a large amount of them living in my garden so i figure i better deal with all of them (inside and out). I feel terrible using chemicals...I hate doing it...but i don't know what else to do!!!!!!

Any other ideas anyone???? Please rescue me from my earwigs!
post #13 of 32
My husband works for (somebody edit this out if not allowed) Scotts Miracle Gro. They make Miracle Gro, Ortho and Round-Up products. I just went thru their 2006 product guide and they have a solution that will kill earwigs and is safe for animals (its permethrin (sp?) based) even used as a insect dust. Its an Ortho-branded product, you might give it a try...look at your local Wal-Mart, Home Depot, or Lowe's.
post #14 of 32
They are horrible looking creatures. I have a problem. But they have luckily left the indoors for my front porch. My husband bought ths stuff from walmart. If you can move your kitties for a night it gets rid of all bugs just about and after a few short hours animals and children are safe. it's called eliminator.
post #15 of 32
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. The fosters are safely removed in my room...howling at my two outside the room. My two outside are growling through the door at the fosters. I think it's gonna be a long night!

I sprayed with a general pesticide (aerosol) everywhere that I could find the little monsters. I'm going to check on the status down there tomorrow and then head out to walmart/homedopot after work. i will look into both of those products. My guess is I haven't found all of their hiding spots (I can't even lift one of the couches myself. God only knows where else they are hiding. I'll let you know what happens tomorrow....wish me luck! (i hope i can sleep with thoughts of all those creepy crawlies down there....bleck
post #16 of 32
Ew, they are nasty. We have loads of them outside, but thankfully none inside Whenever I find a nest of them, I just pick up my chicken and set her down next to it She eats those things all day long.
post #17 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cougar
Ew, they are nasty. We have loads of them outside, but thankfully none inside Whenever I find a nest of them, I just pick up my chicken and set her down next to it She eats those things all day long.
You have a pet chicken


That you can pick up....man the ones I've been around have always been right nasty toward me.....pecking at my heals...

That's cool
post #18 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by ButterflyDream
You have a pet chicken


That you can pick up....man the ones I've been around have always been right nasty toward me.....pecking at my heals...

That's cool
Mhmm, her name is Henny (original, no?) She used to be scared of people, but afters a couple years of living in our backyard she's about as tame as they come
post #19 of 32
Thread Starter 
Well...after a second round of spraying in the basement apartment I only saw maybe 2 or 3 earwigs. I vaccuumed up all the little corpses and started to feel somewhat relieved. My guess is I will have to go down there and do a spray every week or so until i get this under control.

New problem...I seem to have scared them out of the basement and into my part of the house. I think I am going to go nuts trying to get rid of these things , especially without harming my kitties. I never thought I would be longing for a deep freeze right about now!
post #20 of 32
If you look online for natural pesticides and Earwigs you will find many ideas.
Diatomaceous earth is a type of fossilized algae that resembles chalk dust. The fine, sharp-edged particles attach themselves to and penetrate the waxy coating on a flea's shell-like exoskeleton, causing the little bloodsucker to dehydrate and die.
This works for fleas for your cats, just sprinkle on carpet, leave overnight and vacuum. You can put it down under sinks, etc, where the cats won't get exposed to too much. a little won't hurt them. it even says to add a teaspoon to their food. It works for Earwigs too.
This is just one idea, but I know for myself many natural bug remedies have worked for me. One I know works very well is peppermint oil and ants. They run!! Hey, do some research on Petsmart, PETA has some info on their website, umm, so many sites, ASPCA, like Whole Foods, Humane Society, Organic Gardening , etc... Use search words in Google or other search engines like natural pesitcides, flea control, non-toxic pesticides, Ear wig control. Good luck! Just stay away from the poisons that kill insects and bacteria that are good too!
Nikele
post #21 of 32
Oh boy do I feel for you..How gross!!

I freak out when I see those things. I would probably cry if I ever saw more than one let alone 50!!

I really hope you can get rid of them..

I had a fly infestation when I first moved here..and then a drain fly infestation...and I get house centipedes here...eeeeeeew, those give me the willies too. But none are as bad as earwigs
post #22 of 32
we have tons of these in the garden, i have got my DH to spray a safe instectaside out there, it gets rid of them but year after year they come back. our plant pots out side has a big nest in it including woodlice(which dont bother me to much.
a good thing for indoors is sticky boards, put them behind washing machines fridges etc anywhere the cats cant get to them as they will stick to their coats and is a night mare to remove.
post #23 of 32
Thread Starter 
I've had some good luck with the diatomaceous earth this year. i still have earwigs...they are just staying outside as long as i keep the earth around the foundations/windows/doors. My poor hosta plants though look like swiss cheese...seems that earwigs adore making a luxury condo out of hostas.
post #24 of 32
they also love sunflowers to if you want to keep any of the seeds get them before the ear wigs get to them. last year they ate all the seeds, you would just see there bodys sticking out of the flowers, still looked like seeds in there but it was the earwigs you could see not the seeds. im also having a snail problem which loves one of the plants more then others argg.
post #25 of 32
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Originally Posted by Angelika View Post
Diatomaceous earth is a type of fossilized algae that resembles chalk dust. . . . You can put it down under sinks, etc, where the cats won't get exposed to too much. a little won't hurt them. it even says to add a teaspoon to their food. Nikele
You must be sure you get the food or human grade Diatomaceous earth.
post #26 of 32
earwigs are SOOOOOOOO gross. my gram used to have problems with them and they would get into the bed linens. we would always have to check for them before we went to bed.
post #27 of 32
I don't have any bright ideas, but eeeeeeewwww! I hate earwigs!!

It's because of them I always sleep with my hair over my ears, not that it would help if one got that close to me, but it makes me feel better ..

I had them in my apartment, one here and there, until I sprayed for ants with Terro. I have only seen one since... so that might work? I don't know, of course they may have treated the lawn outside too, I don't pay a lot of attention to that.
post #28 of 32
I made the mistake of reading this thread and all I can say now is :

I don't envy you in any form or fashion. I would be moving the cats out for 24 hours while I BOMBED the living daylights out of the house.
post #29 of 32
Thread Starter 
earwigs are definitely high on my heebie-jeebie list too...i remember being out camping and finding them all through the tent and in the sleeping bag. Suffice to say i didn't sleep that night at all.

This year they've been mainly staying outside of the house...so that is fine by me!!
post #30 of 32
Since we moved here we've had problems with them too but we've found that Ortho makes a granule that kills them outside and prevents them from coming inside guaranteed. Since we've used that two times, we haven't seen any. My neighbors paid $80.00 to spray their house by a professional, it took us about $20.00 for the same reason without a professional.

We just went outside after getting it, sprinkled it around the house and then it rained so we did it again a few days later. Come to find out that you need to get this stuff wet in order for it to work. Leave it to hubby to not read the directions before we puts it out!


We did nothing to the inside just so you know and haven't seen one since.

Good luck.
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