Q. Which insects and rodents survive the freezing cold? Thanks, Linda.
A. Well now, Linda, are we perhaps feeling a bit of entomophobia or musophobia? Well, don’t be ashamed. That is at least better than having coulrophobia or alektorophobia! (a fear of clowns and of chickens.) Now that would really be silly. I don’t blame you for being wary of insects and rodents. I hate the little devils too.
I am guessing that we have less insects and rodents than the southern states. I know we have no snakes and that is a biggie with me! I guess you could say though that we do have our share….and they do indeed seem to live thru the winter. Insects aren’t much bother except for about 3 months of the year, so that isn’t bad. Our most famous is the ubiquitous mosquito.
Mice generally try to come indoors in late fall; I suppose looking for a snug haven as they sense Old Man Winter bearing down on them. Well, can’t blame them, I don’t suppose, but I diligently run an indoor trapline at the first sign. Uaually I catch anywhere from 8 to 15 before they are cleaned out, but then we live in a country home, along side a creek, so they are probably worse here.
Squirrels are no problem, in fact I quite like them as they scamper over the tree limbs outside my window. I guess they are a sign of life against that white, frozen landscape. Write me again, sometime, Linda. -BJ