Loo Academy

How to Get Rid of Earwigs In the Bathroom

Are you fed up with those unsightly earwigs crawling around your bathroom?

Their creepy appearance and foul-smelling secretions can turn a relaxing shower into a nightmare.

Don’t let these pesky invaders ruin your sanctuary!

This comprehensive guide offers proven solutions, including chemical options and natural remedies, to effectively get rid of earwigs in your bathroom and prevent future infestations.

earwig in bathroom

What Should You Know about Earwigs?

Earwigs, also known as pincher bugs, are creepy-looking pests that can find homage in your bathroom.

They are ancient bugs that have been crawling all over Earth for over 200 million years.

Earwigs are odd-looking pests that have forceps or pincers protruding from their abdomen.

They are not poisonous, but their pincers do make these insects look somewhat intimidating.

Not to mention, they are fast crawlers and can grow from five to 25 mm, depending on the species.

Earwigs have:

  • reddish-brown and slender body
  • six legs
  • two antennae
  • two pairs of wings

Earwigs are not known to spread harmful bacteria, but these pests are called pincher bugs for a reason.

They do not bite, but they can pinch you when provoked, although it’s unlikely to break your skin.

Female earwigs lay around 40 to 50 eggs, which will hatch in about a week.

Baby earwigs will shed their skin and reach adulthood after ten weeks, making it difficult to control their population once they invade your bathroom.

Earwigs are also known for the pheromones they produce, and it’s not a lovely smell you’d want in your bathroom.

Earwigs use this foul odor to repel predators.

The pheromone trail also helps the insects cluster in large numbers.

They are nocturnal pests and will hide in dark nooks in your bathroom until it’s time to hunt for food at night.

Why Are There Earwigs in My Bathroom?

There are three reasons why earwigs are hanging out in your bathroom.

  1. Earwigs are seeking moisture.

Earwigs are moisture-loving pests, and your bathroom gives them plenty of access to a moist shelter.

It’s most likely why there’s an earwig infestation in the bathroom, a cluster of them hanging out in wet, humid, and cold locations.

That includes damp areas like your shower, drain, sink, and bathtub.

  1. Earwigs are looking for shelter.

Earwigs also love to stay in the dark, so often, you can find them taking shelter in dark and undisturbed places in your bathroom.

When the outdoor temperature gets too cold or too hot, your temperature-friendly bathroom makes an attractive breeding ground for earwigs as well.

  1. Earwigs are looking for food.

Earwigs may be in your bathroom looking for food.

They are not picky eaters and will feed on crumbs or spilled food in your bathroom.

If you have live plants in the bathroom, some earwigs will also feast on them, especially on dead or dying leaves.

How Do Earwigs Get into the Bathroom?

Earwigs come into your bathroom usually through open doors and windows.

They can also enter your toilet or shower through broken screens and wall cracks.

Leaky pipes and drains will also attract them as they look for moist and cool shelter.

Once earwigs enter your bathroom, you can find them where it’s dark, damp, and undisturbed during the day.

That includes inside the cabinets, under the sink, or behind the toilet.

If you have furniture inside the bathroom, it’s also likely that some earwigs are hanging out under the cushion.

Meanwhile, during the night, earwigs will start crawling around your bathroom, hunting for food.

It’s why you might spot them crawling on the bathroom floor, walls, bathtub, or around your lighting fixtures.

How to Get Rid of Earwigs in the Bathroom

You can use several natural and chemical solutions to get rid of earwigs in the bathroom for good.

Natural Earwig Killers for Your Bathroom

  1. Alcohol and Water

Alcohol is a surfactant that can penetrate the earwig’s waxy coat.

It will kill earwigs as soon as the alcohol gets in contact with their body.

How to Use

Mix equal parts of water and rubbing alcohol together, and use it to spray at earwigs in drains and sink or where you found them in the bathroom. This simple solution can kill and get rid of earwigs instantly.

  1. Dish Soap and Water

Dish soap can also be an effective homemade insecticidal soap to kill any earwigs you found crawling in your bathroom.

How to Use

Fill a spray bottle with tap water and add a couple of drops of dish soap. Shake the mixture and start spraying it on the insects or dark places where they are hiding.

Make sure to cover the sink and drains where earwigs are frequent. Repeat the process until you don’t see any earwig crawling in your bathroom anymore.

  1. Soy Sauce and Oil Traps

To get rid of earwigs in the bathroom, you can lure them into a trap.

The soy sauce smell will attract earwigs from hiding, encouraging them to climb into the liquid looking for food.

Meanwhile, the cooking oil will trap and drown them in the solution.

How to Use

Combine soy sauce and cooking oil inside a small container, but don’t cover it. Any kind of oil you have in the kitchen will work fine. Then, place the container in corners and crevices in your bath where you found earwigs.

Eliminate Earwigs with Chemical Solutions

  1. Boric Acid Powder

You can find boric acid powder in most hardware stores, and you can use this to kill earwigs hanging out in hard-to-reach areas in your bathroom, like deep cracks and holes.

How to Use

Dust the powder where earwigs are taking shelter or where earwigs can crawl through the dust. Remember that earwigs need to get in contact with the acid powder for them to die. Also, it may take around a week for this solution to kill the pests.

  1. Store-Bought Pesticides

Purchase a pesticide or insecticide that can target earwigs in your bathroom.

Some practical options against earwigs include Diatomaceous Earth, pyrethrin, permethrin, bifenthrin, malathion, and carbaryl as active ingredients.

How to Use

When using granular pesticides and pesticide dust like Diatomaceous Earth, spread it by hand or use a handheld spreader in areas where earwigs feed or live. That includes around the windowsill, cracks, and crevices in bathroom walls.When using liquid pesticides, spray it directly on earwigs hanging out in your bathroom. You can use the pesticide on their usual crawl spaces, under the sink, and behind the toilet.

How to Prevent Earwigs from Coming Back to Your Bathroom 

Once you have removed earwigs in your bathroom, you can prevent them from returning by taking away what makes your bathroom attractive to them.

  • Keep possible entries secure.

If your bathroom windows have a screen, make sure that they are intact and don’t have holes in them.

Check for cracks and holes in the walls, ceiling, bathroom fans, and leaky drains and pipes.

Repair or cover any potential location where earwigs can enter your bathroom. Caulk any cracks in the walls and fix any dripping wet spots.

  • Dehumidify your bathroom.

If you minimize the humidity in your bathroom, it won’t be an attractive shelter or breeding ground for earwigs.

Using a dehumidifier or turning on the bathroom fan can help eliminate the dampness and extra moisture in the bathroom.

Ultimately, it will prevent earwigs from coming back if they don’t have a moist area to call home.

  • Vacuum your bathroom often.

Cleaning and vacuuming your bathroom often will not only suck up any wandering earwigs from the floor, but it can also eliminate food crumbs that attract earwigs to go inside.

If no food sources litter on your bathroom floor and counters, earwigs won’t return looking for food.

The Ultimate Guide to Bugs in the Bathroom

Curious about the little bugs that can be found in your bathroom? Our comprehensive guide dives into the world of insects in the bathroom, providing you with valuable knowledge and effective solutions to keep them under control.

Dustin Carter

Dustin is the founder of Alpine Pest Control Solutions, the #1 best-reviewed pest control company in Austin, TX. He has been dealing with household pests for more than 15 years.

Dustin enjoys the opportunity to share with homeowners safe pest control practices that they can apply and unique tricks he has learned throughout his career as a pest control expert.

About Loo Academy

At Loo Academy, our mission is to offer trusted advice for everything related to bathrooms (design ideas, plumbing advice, showering & bathing tips, remodeling guides, and more) — a place where we all spend a great deal of time.

We work closely with qualified experts and follow a thorough editing and fact-checking process before publishing content.

Published content is regularly fact-checked and revised so that the information we provide is accurate and up-to-date.

Legal Info

Loo Academy is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate Loo Academy is compensated for referring traffic to Amazon.com.

The information contained in this website is provided for informational purposes only.

The inclusion of links from this site does not imply endorsement or support of any of the linked information, services, products, or providers.