I was happily going along one day with my garden chores, weeding, planting, watering, etc. I was enjoying the day and having a great time, enjoying the quiet while my baby girl was napping. The night before my husband had surprised me with a nice tray of marigolds to plant in my veggie garden to ward off pests. I was about to take the first plug and plant it, when I noticed the leaves had been eaten. Strange I thought since they are supposed to be inedible to many bugs, and ward off many others. So, I pick up the tray. MISTAKE. Onto the ground and my hands spill HUNDREDS (I am NOT exaggerating) of nasty earwigs!!! (on my list of hated bugs they come right after Ticks) I drop the tray and do that involuntary dance you do when you're totally disgusted by something and want it off you right now. Onto the ground spill all my flowers... and hundreds more earwigs! I could NOT believe it! I have never seen such an infestation! I stomp on as many as I could covering my lawn with guts, and cast a warning eye at those who run to hide in the grass. Yes, it was gross! I figure I have killed all I could, and go on to pick up the flowers. I find a few stragglers hiding in the tray, and I kill them as well, finally figuring I had gotten rid of as many as possible. Another day I find more hiding under a bag of dirt left lying on the ground. Even more while tilling a new area of sod. Has anyone else had this problem!? I couldn't believe it, when I found out that earwigs eat marigolds! Could they have come in the tray from the nursery? I have no idea. Is this a bad year for them!? I can't wait to get my chickens..... I've heard they go combat on earwigs.