Help! I recently bought a couple of log beds that were stored outside. I now have an army of the little buggers, and have killed about 100 in the last 2 days. how do I get rid of them without harming my indoor cats? I can't take the beds outside to treat them, they are way to heavy.
Fortunately there are several options you can deploy which won't pose a hazard to you or your pets. The first (and most likely the best) would be to do a thorough job of treating the bed frame with some ECO EXEMPT AEROSOL
. This is a food grade product that's actually so safe to use it's exempt from federal registration. We've been carrying this product for some time and during this time have learned it works well for certain pests. Earwigs are one of them.
Be sure to treat all the cracks and crevices as these spaces are where earwigs like to hide. All the joints where the beds fit together will be likely hiding spots as will any void that could exist if the frame is made of veneer and not solid wood. The good news about the Exempt is that you can apply it as is needed. In other words, you can treat daily if you need to. Based on how many you reported in your message, it could very well take several days of treating to get rid of all that are hiding.
I also recommend setting out some EARWIG TRAPS
around the room where the bed frames are being set up. This way any earwigs that escape the treatment (or have already escaped) will be targeted by something besides the aerosol. You can use the Exempt anywhere in the home you want to use it but this could prove wasteful. The Traps are easy to deploy and work by attracting them so you don't have to make the placements in any "exact" location to get results.
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