Winter is on its way, and people, animals, and insects everywhere are getting ready for the cold. So, where do the pesky insects go? According to biologist David White from Murray State University most of them stay right where they are. They burrow under leaves or bark, trying to find a warm winter home to stay in until spring returns. Insects produce glycol or glycerin and mix it into their fluids. Much like antifreeze, this allows their bodies to slow down. But, just like humans, bugs also prefer our warm homes to colder habitats outside.
However, White says most of these visitors are harmless. They won’t destroy anything in your house or eat your food. If they bother you, you can throw them outside, but White warns against killing them. Most of the insects are beneficial and will actually help your garden thrive when springtime comes. Either way, most of these insects will leave on their own come spring. So, don’t freak out if you see a ladybug or two. They’re more afraid of you than you are of them.
Do you have any winter visitors?
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