Earwigs invade Anza

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Earwigs, also called pincher bugs, are invading homes and gardens in the Anza Valley. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Earwigs are everywhere this spring, erupting from cracks in floors, climbing walls, falling from ceilings and congregating on lighted porches for all-night pincher bug parties. Anza Valley residents are seeing more of the odd-looking insects around the house and in the garden now than in recent memory. Dan Robinson lamented, “They are out in droves.” Last year crane flies and Painted Lady butterfly populations exploded, thought to be due to copious rainfall over the winter. This season, the lowly earwig is way ahead of the other insects in seemingly unrelenting numbers. All species of earwigs have a pair of forceps-like pincers on their abdomen, hence the nickname pincher bugs. They are found on all continents except Antarctica. Earwigs often hide in moist cracks and crevic
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