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Mom's Clever Earwig Hack Goes Viral - And It Actually Works

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Living in an old home in the country means that I have to encounter a lot of pesky bugs from the beginning of spring to the end of fall.

I try to avoid using insecticides and chemicals as much as possible, but sometimes it's hard to find natural solutions that actually work.

I've found natural ways to deal with ants and fruit flies in my home, but out in my backyard, I had no idea how to deal with those critters.

One insect that's been wreaking havoc in my garden is earwigs.

These hungry, nocturnal critters feed on plants and other insects at night.

I have a fear that they'll find their way into my home and start laying eggs there. At that point, I can't even imagine those bugs crawling around my bedroom. What a nightmare!

Unfortunately, managing these creatures is not easy.

They love damp, humid conditions, so if your home is infested with earwigs you'll definitely want to get your gutters and drainage systems checked.

In the meantime, one mom on Facebook shared a natural way to get rid of earwigs that won't put a dent in your wallet.

Terminix / Alicia Heien Facebook

All you need is olive oil! You probably already have this in your home, so try this hack today!

Here's How It Works:

Alicia Heien shared her earwig hack a year ago, but it's still circulating online to this day.

So far, the post has more than 78,000 shares and 10,000 likes.

Do u have a earwig problem? We did in our back yard. And I found out how to get rid of them!!!! Use shallow bowl. Or a...

Posted by Alicia Heien on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Do u have a earwig problem? We did in our back yard. And I found out how to get rid of them!!!! Use shallow bowl. Or a deep plate. Place olive oil in it. Not too much but maybe a half cup depending on the size. And leave it in the area. Our first picture is less than 24 hours. Our next one is at 36 hours!! Continue to do this till they are gone!!" she captioned her post.

I tried this hack a few weeks and was surprised by how well it worked. It took approximately four to five days until these critters were completely wiped out.

5 Other Ways To Get Rid Of Earwigs

1. Cedar Essential Oil

If earwigs have started getting cozy in your home, use cedar and/or neem oil to deter them.

These essential oils are the best natural insecticides to keep these critters at bay.

2. Attract Predators

You don't have time, or maybe the guts, to go look inside every crevice in your home or garden to eliminate these earwigs one by one.

But you have animals that will do that for you! Chickens, wild birds, and toads will happily gobble those insects right up.

3. Dish Soap

The amount of things that dish soap can do will blow your mind, and luckily we always have a bottle of it in our homes.

A simple solution of water and dish soap will dehydrate an earwig until it dies.

4. Declutter

A clean home and garden will attract less critters.

Make sure to throw out rotting vegetables and anything else that welcomes more bugs into your home.

5. Diatomaceous Earth

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Earwigs are easy to manage, but not hard to kill.

Food-grade diatomaceous earth is a natural insecticide that dehydrates any insect that comes in contact with it.

Baddy bing, badda boom! Will you try these hacks?

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[H/T: Alicia Heien Facebook / Home Remedy Hacks]

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.