I should have expected it. With the population explosion of bad bugs this year it had to arrive sooner or later. The alyssum have clouds of syrphid flies around the blossoms. Last year there were only a few, but they seem to have called in reinforcements.
I have also seen a few assassin bugs. Hopefully they are all busy garroting the earwigs.
And finally the praying mantis are here! Last night I went to water and the watering can had about 30 hatchlings running all over it. I would have loved to get a picture but the can is green so it was very hard to see them in the picture. I'm hoping that they grow big and fat very soon on all the earwigs.
The only defender I'm on the fence about is a pair of Brown Thrashers. They are the messiest birds I have ever seen. They root through the wood chips and throw them everywhere. I'm constantly cleaning up the paved areas.
The earwigs are totally out of control on the potager. They have decided that they are going to dine on the cabbage as well as the Swiss chard. The pole beans that have just germinated are being attacked as well. I'm seriously thinking of abandoning most of this garden for vegetables for the remainder of the year. The only thing they are not attacking are the tomatoes and peppers. I'll see what happens in the next few weeks. At the end of the month I'm on vacation and will be dividing over 100 daylilies and could use a temporary bed to house them while I rejuvenate the old beds.
One positive note about the earwigs, I have seen only a couple of aphids this year.