Pincher bugs?  Also known as earwigs, they get their name from the myth that they crawl into sleeping people’s ears and tunnel into the brain. They are nocturnal and communal creatures; they gather during the day in moist, dark, tight hiding places. They’re generally scavengers but feed on plants when it suits them. They eat both living and dead tissues of a great many different plants and insect. Since they’re not particularly discriminating, they consume both insect pests and beneficials. While it is true that earwigs consume a lot of pest insects and their feeding contributes to the breakdown of dead, organic material, thus improving the soil, they can also overrun a garden and make mincemeat out of your flowers and vegetables (especially young transplants). If you want to reduce numbers, check out some easy ways to trap them.

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