Anyone who is into gardening as a hobby is also likely to know a bit about bugs. Insect pests can ruin a gardener’s day, and one of the most damaging culprits has to be the chafer beetle. The chafer beetle spends the winter nestled in our lawns as larvae, but when spring rolls around, these beetles devour the roots of grass, angering homeowners. However, although you may hate the winter cold, there is one good thing that could be said in favor of long winters, longer winters equate to less insect pests damaging your gardens and/or lawn during the spring and summer months.
When birds migrate back to northern regions for the spring and summer they rely largely on insect larvae for sustenance. When winters are shorter and more mild the insect larvae will mature into adults before the birds return, thus the food that birds typically rely on, is not there. So the next time your car gets stuck in the snow, or you slip on the ice in March, just remember that the long winter will make your spring gardening activities nearly bug free.
Have you noticed that insect pests are more numerous following warmer winters?