EARWIG INVASION

#1 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:11 pm

HELP !!!!.....Here is another non-film topic that should cause no offense to anyone.
I am currently fighting a battle with Earwigs who are invading my home.
I have had to use indoor insecticide to try and eliminate the little buggers.
Its doing my head in as they are getting everywhere.
Any of you guys had similar problems ?
If yes what did you do ?
AAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH !!!!


David Hardy

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#2 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:16 pm

There is a powder Dave to put down, they are harmless, but not pleasant bed mates. Turpentine keeps the buggers at bay.



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#3 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:27 pm

Where are the little buggers gaining ingress David, through your doors crack or windows, wipe them all down with turps, a spray gun,
use an empty gun from windowlene or some such, but they don't like it, or paint thinners.



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#4 by David Ralph ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:33 pm

How disappointed I was to find out that 'Earwig Invasion' was not an Ed Wood film and not available as a 200 footer on 8mm


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#5 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:34 pm

Thanks Hugh. I am still trying to locate where the cheeky wee buggers are getting in.
I have placed powders under the gaps of the skirting boards.
I will need to caulk to seal them later.
Also placed powders at the door thresholds including the front door.
The window seals seem fine though. Still you never know.
Later this week I am going to work on the outside of the house and in the garden as there
are thousands of the bleeders out there.
I never thought about using Turps thanks for that.


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#6 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:38 pm

Dave it certainly feels like that.
Only difference is I am fighting a Feature Length version at the moment.


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#7 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:40 pm

I too am not a fan David, but turps they do not like,or thinners, My Dad used to use a smoke bomb to eradicate all bugs from his green house, check them out.



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#8 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:43 pm

Dave, lavender, bugs hate lavender, try that my 'ol lad, I feel like a bloody oracle, all questions answered.



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#9 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:45 pm

David, hope you're not a smoker, first match...... pow.



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#10 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:46 pm

The little menaces have caused me to get a bit depressed with my new home.
Still I am not going to let them win.
They will be exterminated and kept where they belong outside.
Its still bloody a hassle when you have to shake off your clothes and check your slippers and shoes
and check your bed and pillow at night when they activate.


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#11 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:47 pm

Hugh . Nah ! I dont smoke so I should be safe . Hahahahaha !
Cheers for the tips. I am going to try them all.



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#12 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:52 pm

Hugh would you recommend caulking or fixing beading to the bottom of the skirting boards as a long term solution
to stop them gaining entry that way ?
I know you are the man to ask.


David Hardy

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#13 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:53 pm

David, get some lavender oil, its freely available for your clothes, but turps should keep the buggers at bay, I too find them distasteful,
as I do with the majority of insects, mean them no harm, but do not care to share my space with them, reminds me of when taking a chimney down, I had them all crawling all over me, not a pleasant experience, 30' foot up.



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#14 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:59 pm

I had a similar experience many years ago but it was not Earwigs but Cockroaches.
When I worked in the cinema I was climbing about at the top of the screen frame
late one night only to be faced with thousands of the creatures.
I nearly shit myself. No fun when your dangling 40 feet up on a screen frame.


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#15 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:01 pm

David, where there are gaps, fill 'em, caulk is cheapest, but if you have a big gap, a wood strip or plaster fill would suffice. Take the fight to them, soak your surrounding ground AFTER you seal your own property, other wise you will be harbouring the lot of them.
So, soak any gaps in turps. fill or seal with bead, but still seal, they can gain ingress in very tiny gaps. Also, you must fumigate to kill any eggs the mothers will have laid.



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#16 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:07 pm

That's great Hugh. Thanks for your expert advice. I will do as you advise and after I have done this
I will take the fight to them.
Its a bit like Alien but on a smaller scale. hahahahahahahahaha !!!


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#17 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:18 pm

David, I live in the countryside too, but I haven't experienced an onslaught of earwigs, not my favourite insect, but I mean them no harm.
just piss off. I'd advise putting ALL your clothes through the wash, high temp. to kill any eggs, wipe out cupboards with lavender oil, leave sachets in your drawers etc, it should keep all insects away, but for the main gates, turps .It is your home, not theirs!



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#18 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:29 pm

David, get some sachets of lavender , or even the plants, to put around your home to keep these pests at bay, after you've sealed inside



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#19 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:48 pm

Soak a few rags in turps, wrapped in cling film loosely and do your perimeter of your dwelling Dave, cut them off,



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#20 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:28 am

Thanks again Hugh but I think I may be allergic to lavender and I my daughter is too.
Can you suggest an alternative ?
The turps soaked rags sound great. How far around the perimeter of my house from the
front door should they be ?
Sorry for asking so much but I am desperate to sort this out Hugh.


David Hardy

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#21 by Hugh Thompson Scott ( deleted ) , Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:47 am

Oh dear, well there are various insect killers David, WILCO's have a potent powder to put down, or you can use aerosols. If you're
allergic to lavender oil, I'd call in professional help, the Council will have pest control. I know that turps, is a good repellent, as is
creosote, as it burns them. For the time being, I'd put all your clothes through the wash, you can also put things like suits in the
freezer to kill any eggs. I'd then keep your clothing in resealable polythene bags as you work your way through the house getting rid
of the little buggers. So I'd seal between your skirting boards and floor, lift any carpeting and vacuum between the floorboard gaps,
a question of stopping them getting in, and destroying systematically the ones that are in there. Then I'd put pesticide down to bump off
the remaining ones in your garden, check your buildings ventilators too, that's access for them. Its not just the ones crawling about, its the eggs you want rid off David, best of luck.



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#22 by Gwyn Morgan , Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:56 pm

Machine gunner the buggers......no seriously Dave I hope you get them sorted not a pleasant thing to happen🐜🐜🐜🐜☠☠☠


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#23 by David Ollerearnshaw , Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:59 pm

You seen these fantastic films

The Deadly Mantis
The Black Scorpion
Killer Bees

And now THE GREATEST MOST SPECTACULAR The Giant Earwig Invasion

Must admit I don't like them.


I still love the smell of film in the morning


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#24 by Robert Crewdson ( deleted ) , Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:19 pm

Never seen an Earwig invasion: once had a line of ants coming into the house, but destroyed them with fly spray. Hope you can sort it out for good; we don't want you posting in three months time 'Earwigo again'.


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#25 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:12 pm

David I have seen all those films but I would rather tackle those creatures.
At least you can see them unlike the little buggers I am battling against.


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