Earwigs, otherwise known as “pincher bugs,” have reared their ugly heads (and uglier pincer-butts!) once again this summer. The strange insect seems to spring from the earth itself to pester us as soon as it’s nice out. You might notice them around your garden, hanging out on plant leaves or nestled in the topsoil. There may have been an upsetting number of them just beneath that potted plant you moved outside. Maybe they’re even in your house! Why, after months where we saw neither antennae nor cerci of earwigs, would the pincer-butts show up in force like this? Why now? What do they want? Most importantly: how can you make sure they’re not getting it around where you live? Here’s everything you should know about everyone’s least-favorite garden-infesting, pincer-butted buggers this summer.