If you ask the earwigs these warm summer nights are just perfect for hanging around in the top of the apple trees, eating, sleeping, mating or whatever. Of course this happens in and between the apples where the birds can’t join the party. The apples grow so close to each other that the earwigs have perfect conditions. So I’m trying to rescue at least some of the apples by removing as many as half of them, leaving a space between each apple of about 5 cm (2 inches). This will also allow the birds to break up the party; I don’t know if they will actually eat them. The apples lost in the battle naturally goes into the composting box.