We have an earwig infestation in our back yard. We have recently purchased a guinea pig with a cage and run. The cage and run sit directly on the grass. Every day we open up the lid there’s about 50 earwigs nested in the lid. We have cleaned and disinfected the entire cage several times. We’ve even sealed all the edges of the cage with sealant, but the earwigs come back the next day.
How do we treat the entire lawn, but without making it dangerous for the guinea pig to eat the grass?
If your guinea pig is small like the ones I had as a boy, it will be susceptible to many of the regular products I’d normally recommend for earwigs. That being said, I am confident one of our organic products will handle the problem and not pose a threat to your pet guinea pig when used properly.
When you can, check out our NON TOXIC PEST CONTROL site which features several Organic products. All the organic products we carry have been certified organic and bear the “organic gardening” logo which means they both work and are safe to use in and around the home. INSECTICIDAL SOAP and 3 IN 1 FIM both have Earwigs on the label and can be sprayed on vegetables and fruits up to the day before harvest. That means if you sprayed some vegetables in a garden Monday morning, you could eat the harvest the next day without concern. This is because all the product would be gone in a day. If you use either on the ground all around the guinea pig pen, spraying out over a large area say 500-1000 sq/ft, you would be able to kill off all the local earwigs so few if any will find their way to the cage for a week or so. When they do eventually return, just treat again. The great thing about the organic products is that you can safely use them as needed so spray as often as you must to make sure you knock out all the local earwigs.
Another product you might consider would be the HOUSE PLANT INSECT KILLER AEROSOL. This organic aerosol might be good to have around to spray directly any that you see during the day when you can’t spray one of the concentrates listed above. It won’t work as well but it will be handy to have as needed and will be safe to use around the guinea pig too.