Updated: March 30, 2023

Earwigs are a common garden pest that can be a nuisance to deal with. They are known to eat plants, flowers, and vegetables, causing damage to gardens and lawns. While there are many ways to get rid of earwigs, burying traps is considered one of the most effective solutions.

What are earwig traps?

Earwig traps are small containers that are buried in the soil near the plants that the earwigs are attracted to. These containers have a small opening on the top, which allows the earwigs to enter but prevents them from escaping. Once the earwigs enter the trap, they cannot escape and eventually die.

How do you bury an earwig trap?

Burying an earwig trap is a simple process. First, choose a location near the plants that are being affected by the earwigs. Dig a small hole in the soil and place the trap inside, making sure that the opening is level with the soil surface.

Why is burying traps effective?

Burying traps is effective because it targets the earwigs directly where they are active – in the soil. Earwig traps work by luring the pests into the container, where they will eventually die. Unlike other methods such as pesticides or insecticides that can harm beneficial insects, burying traps only targets earwigs.

Are there any downsides to using earwig traps?

One possible downside of using earwig traps is that they may not be effective in controlling large infestations. In this case, other methods such as using insecticides may be necessary. Additionally, earwig traps need to be checked regularly and emptied when full.


Burying traps for earwigs is a simple and effective solution for controlling these pests in your garden. While it may not be suitable for large infestations, it is an ideal method for smaller infestations and can be used in conjunction with other pest control methods.


How do you know if you have an earwig infestation?

You may notice damage to your plants, such as holes in the foliage or petals. Earwigs are also nocturnal, so you may see them crawling around at night.

How many earwig traps do I need to bury?

This depends on the size of the affected area. As a general rule, one trap per 10 square feet should be sufficient.

How often do I need to check my earwig traps?

Earwig traps should be checked every few days and emptied when full. This will prevent the buildup of dead earwigs and ensure that the traps remain effective.