We don't have earwigs in the south. At least I never saw any in Tennessee. So when I started finding them in my basement, then the bathroom, I asked somebody at work and that's when I learned about the "Earwig". The tale is that they crawl into the ears of people while they sleep and lay eggs there, right by your brain. That is so freaky, right? We actually called an exterminator the first year, they were so bad.
Well I'm astonished to report that it's already July 12th and I've not seen a single Earwig in the house. Since the only thing that's different this year is that I've planted a garden, I'm crediting the garden for saving me from the earwigs.
Earwigs like warm damp places so it's possible that they prefer the mulch outside to the basement and bathroom. I have seen a few outdoors and that's fine with me. I don't hate them. They just aren't allowed in my house on the count of I'm terrified of bugs crawling on me while I sleep. (remind me to tell you about the time I had a live gnat in my ear)
Yet another reason gardening rocks.
What's your favorite unexpected gardening benefit?