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Warm December Weather Means...?

December 14, 2015
by Rick Brandenburg

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What will the warm weather in December do to the insect problems next spring? I get these questions a lot. What will the mild winter do, or what will the cold winter do to our insect problems next spring and summer?

The answer is always the same:  ALMOST NOTHING!   Whether the winter is cold or mild, insects manage to survive and be ready for warm temperatures in the spring much the same each year. The most important factors are spring temperatures and the rainfall. And please, don't pay any attention to the woolly worm and how wide the stripe is on its back. The width of the stripe is merely a reflection of the age of the caterpillar not of the upcoming winter weather.