Last year was extremely hot and dry and we’ve had a relatively warm winter. Result is that the flies that overwinter in attics have not died. A couple of days ago I was looking up at our neighbours wall and thought there was an early bee swarm, but no, it was flies. When we went up to the attic, the windowsill was heaving with many dead flies on the floor. Linda came and opened the window and they dispersed. Mostly onto the walls and washing!
This had me wondering, does this mean that the base population this year will be so high that we have plagues of them? Likewise with the moles and the dear Wühlmaus that eats our veggies, will we have more problems than usual? Driving around in the valleys, there are far more mole hills in the fields than usual. Or would this be beneficial- the insect eating bird population could benefit at breeding time from the extra grub. But the moles may eat more worms and so will the soil suffer? We’ve already put the sound deterrent in the garden for the Wühlmaus, we’ll see!