Tuesday, November 6, 2018

What Kind of Winter Will We Have?

Around this time of the year, we often hear people predicting how bad of a winter we can expect to have. Many times this prediction is often accompanied by a way of telling how they know, whether that way is through insects, seeds or animals. How can they predict our winter forecast? Best Pest Control has gathered up five old wives tales that are supposed to be true indicators of what kind of winter we'll have! 


1. Ladybugs / Ladybird Beetles

Ladybugs are found all throughout the United States and are susceptible to seasonal weather. Because they are cold-blooded, they tend to swarm when the weather starts to get colder. You know winter is just around the corner when the ladybugs begin their search for hibernation. They prefer warmer places, typically your home, to spend their winter months. 

2. Persimmon Seeds

This may be one of the more common ways of predicting the winter in Missouri. According to folklore, once you cut open a persimmon seed the shape of the kernel inside will reflect what the weather will be like this winter. If it is a spoon-shaped, expect lots of heavy, wet snow will fall.If it is fork-shaped, expect powdery, light snow and a mild winter. If it is knife-shaped, expect icy, cutting winds. 

3. Woolly Bear Caterpillar / Woolly Worm

Woolly bear caterpillars are the larval stage of the Isabella Tiger moth. These worms are found all over the state of Missouri and could possibly be able to predict how harsh the winter will be this year. According to folklore, the size of the band will indicate the harshness of the winter. A wide band suggests a mild, warm winter, while a woolly bear that is predominantly black suggests it will be a cold, harsh weather.

4. Furry Animals

A squirrels activity may indicate the oncoming cold. According to the legend, if a squirrel is frantically storing food and moving at a fast pace early in the season, expect a harsh winter. However, if the squirrel is moving at a more leisurely pace, expect a mild winter. In addition, the size of the tail may also indicate how the cold the winter will be. If the tail is big and bushy, it will be cold and harsh. The fur on cows and dogs may also be an indication of the oncoming weather. If the hair on their nape (or back) is thick, you better bundle up!


5. Spiders

If spiders are spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers, expect a cold and harsh winter. Although we appreciate the spiders letting us know the weather will be bad, we don't want them in our homes.

There are many other tales and folklore out there that claim they can predict the oncoming winter weather. Do you believe them? Whether you do or not you do, there is one thing we know for sure. Pests tend to take shelter during the winter months and typically that shelter is your home. Make sure your home is protected this upcoming season by hiring a trusted pest control company at the Lake of the Ozarks. If your home needs protection from these pests, call Best Pest Control at 573-348-1600 to schedule your appointment today!

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