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Winter Weather Lore and Wasps’ Nests

A couple of years ago, the facilities manager here at Farmers’ Almanac mentioned that he was sure we would be having a snowy winter here in Maine. When asked how he knew, he mentioned the height of wasps’ nests he was seeing. In his travels around the property, he spotted a nest built high in the eaves of one of the buildings.

See how high the hornet’s nest, ‘twill tell how high the snow will rest.

So, in addition to the signs of a hard winter shared we can add the height of a wasp nest as another sign from nature to watch.

What Does Weather Lore Say About Wasps’ Nests?

Weather lore tells us: If you see a wasps nest built low to the ground, expect little snow. If you see one built high, expect a lot of snow. The official weather lore rhyme goes like this:

See how high the hornet’s nest, ‘twill tell how high the snow will rest.

While we don’t use wasp’s nest in our formula to predict the weather, we do enjoy the folklore and paying attention to how our ancestors prepared for the winter ahead.

What about where you live? Have you seen wasps’ nests built up high or low to the ground?

Read more about wasps and how to deter them!

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Jane
Jane
1 month ago

We have one here in Marlboro, Me. It is built 40-50 feet off the ground!

Jill farmer
Jill farmer
11 months ago

We have one in Tennessee where we live and it’s big down the road way up up high in tree hangs over the road I thought if they hung high high that meant snow ⛄️ always was told that as a kid!!

Christine
Christine
1 year ago

We had a wasp nest about 10 to 12 feet high here in southwest pennsylvania. Our town is right at the bottom of the Chestnut ridge.

Susan Higgins
1 year ago
Reply to  Christine

We’ll have to watch and see what happens in your neck of the woods!

Ginnie Wiseman
Ginnie Wiseman
1 year ago

Found a hornet’s nest about 30′ off the ground on a tree limb. (Southern Indiana)

Amey
Amey
1 year ago

We have noticed wasp nest 15 – 20 feet off the ground others 2 feet off the ground. Also alot more yellow jackets this year than last . What does this mean? Boise,Idaho.

Amber Miller
Amber Miller
1 year ago

Hornet nest in ground found when making s’mores with mom and cousin

Brad kays
Brad kays
2 years ago

Found a hornets nest about 4 foot high in Missouri today.

Roger
Roger
3 years ago

I live in Maine and I have a wasp nest thats about 30 feet up in one of my maple trees.

Donald
Donald
3 years ago

I have on in my tree this year, it was 5 feet from the ground, and also seen them in the ground this year in 2017, what does this mean for West Virginia

Janis in PA
Janis in PA
3 years ago

My neighbor spotted one in a tree in my yard that hamgs over the road about 30ft off the grou

Kris
Kris
4 years ago

I have seen several wasp nests higher then 20 feet off the ground here in Michigan. And last year they were low to the ground and we had little accumulated snow in this area. So if it holds true to the saying, we are in for a LOT of snow!

Lisa W.
Lisa W.
4 years ago

I’m a facility manager in central illinois and we have one huge nest 40′ up on the side of the buildinbg inaccessible by anything but a boom truck.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers
4 years ago

Just found a nest in Maine, a little larger than a football and less than 4′ off the ground.

Angela
Angela
4 years ago

Found a large yellow jacket nest high in the chimney 20+ft in Arlington, TX. This is a first. I’m hoping this is a farmer’s tale.

Dawn
Dawn
4 years ago

In Washago Ontario I saw a wasp nest on the power line near the top of the pole.

Shirley Ranger
Shirley Ranger
4 years ago

Here in northern Ontario, Canada, spotted a huge wasp nest, over 40′ high in a maple tree, and also ran into a wasp ground nest this summer close to the one in the tree, near the house. How can you determine what the snow amount will be for our winter of 2016-2017?

Sonja Snow
Sonja Snow
4 years ago

We spotted a large paper nest literally on the ground attached to a bush. In Montgomery county ohio

Ronald Douglas
Ronald Douglas
4 years ago

Well,I don’t know what all this means,but hear in southeastern ohio,I have nest as high as 12 feet,those black wasp,i had to get rid of by my window,had about 200 wasp in it,I hated to get rid of them,but they were being a pain,

Chris
Chris
4 years ago

I live in northern Ontario and we’ve had several wasps nests in the ground at the cottage.. Never seen that many in the ground before!

connie clark
connie clark
4 years ago

Uncle Buck, try spraying the nest with soapy water after you killed them, it’s suppose to get rid of their scent so the wasp won’t come back. I used Bonner’s castile soap with peppermint, they never came back.

Denise
Denise
4 years ago

6/1/16
several wasp nests in varying sizes noticed on the underside of my eave on garage & one at the apex of the roof eave. now i’m worried that this upcoming winter will be snowier than normal. live in illinois, s.w. suburb of chicago

Phyllis Lam
Phyllis Lam
4 years ago

I have tons of bees nests all around but not high in the eves BUT now you go up the canyons such as transfer flats Oneida narrows up threw mink creek and cub river the nests of hornets r built clear to the tops of a lot of trees I am guessing we will get our snow in the mountains this year that will be good as we rely on the snow for water during summer months for farming and gardening

Tanya T
Tanya T
5 years ago

What about hight of Preying Mantis nests ? Any corilation to snow fall?
I have bees… Kid what kind in my fireplace box 6-7′ up & in my eves 30′ up so I guess Baltimore is going to get pummeled again 🙂

hollyr87
hollyr87
5 years ago

Here in central pa, have alot of wasp getting in our house. found nest up in corner of front porch roof about 12′ off ground. must be another nest cause now they are coming in the back of the house. Hardly saw any bees all summer.

sherry
sherry
5 years ago

bangor maine usually all over the place even in garage eves and no nests around except one in stump but when I used weedeater down there that day haven’seen anymore anywhere.

Tori
Tori
5 years ago

We were mowing today here in Illinois and ran over a hornets nest on the ground does anyone know what that is supposed to mean for the winter

Paula
Paula
5 years ago

The wasps around my place always build in or near the same spots every year and the snow has been anywhere from very little to way too much

mdaniels
mdaniels
5 years ago

This summer in North TX, 6 wasps nests found around our house. All around high and around roofing. Hmmm.

D. Smith
D. Smith
5 years ago

Here in the Black Hills of SD we’ve had numerous wasp nests reported all the way from 2 feet off the ground, to the highest branches of the ponderosa pines in friend’s yards. Out in the actual hills where the pines are very thick, if you go hiking, there are far more spiders this year than wasps. Don’t know what this means for sure, but we are to a point where we could sure use the moisture. This past spring we got almost too much rain for too long, but since July we’ve had very little. I rather hope we get a lot of snow, since winter is my favorite time of year!

Cynt
Cynt
5 years ago

Just found two wasp nest in trees on our property (Lancaster County PA) they are both about 15 feet up.

Sylvie
Sylvie
5 years ago

Here in northeast New-Brunswick, we have had as many nests up in the buildings (barns + sheds) as we have on the ground , and this is speaking from too many encounters with them just walikng around outside. (Ouch!!!!)

Cat
Cat
5 years ago

I live in the Southwest, for the first time in many years I have not spotted Wasp nests low, they are high up. Snow perhaps for the Southwest? Just had a major coldfront yesterday, dropped 40*f from one day to the next. A few weeks early for us. Thanx Farmers Almanac, you are awesome 🙂

unclebuck
unclebuck
5 years ago

I live just north of Toronto, Canada. And I’ve been battling a hive of wasps for a couple of months. They squeezed in behind the aluminum siding. I’ve tried spraying inside, they buzz around until the spray dries up and then back to they’re routine and I don’t want to tear up the siding. So now I,m just waiting for the colder temps. I’ve lived here 20 yrs. and this is the first time this has happened…..

Phoenix
Phoenix
5 years ago

forgot to mention my location……Alabama…..wasp built 8 ft under my porch near my front door South facing…..( I always welcome them)

Phoenix
Phoenix
5 years ago

under my porch 8 ft. in height. (I’ve always welcomed them…all types)

Daniel R. Bowne
Daniel R. Bowne
5 years ago

I’m in Southwest Missouri and have lots of hornets, wasps and bees of many types but haven’t really checked where there nests are. They seem to be all over, high and low.

Kimberly Goncalves
Kimberly Goncalves
5 years ago

I live in Wallingford CT, and have a wasps nest about 8 feet high, under my back porch. Thanks for all your valuable information. I love Farmers Almanac 🙂

Dian
Dian
5 years ago

guess according to folk lore, We are going to have hard cold winter with little snow ..we have had a huge 2′ long black hornet nest built on lower branch of shrub ended up resting on the ground, then another in top roof gable of house approx 15+ feet height, yet yellow jackets built one under the front porch and another in low to ground in back of house..
located south eastern side of Alberta, Canada

Maryanne
Maryanne
5 years ago

Huge nest, located 14 foot up a pear tree. Upper Bucks Cty, northeastern Pennsylvania

Cathy
Cathy
5 years ago

We have a huge wasp nest inside our attic vent. I also found one inside a little wooden house I had sitting on the sidewalk. We discovered on inside the changing room on our pontoon boat. So I am not sure what the weather will be like this winter

Chad
Chad
5 years ago

I have never seen so many wasp nest as I have this year here in north east Ky . They have nested inside my storage trailers and outside they are at least 20 feet up on waves of house and in some windows .

Duncan Ritchie
Duncan Ritchie
5 years ago

We have a large nest on the eaves of the second floor of our home in southern Ontario, in the Niagara Peninsula. This is the first one I have seen around our property in 8 years. Our neighbour has a fake paper nest hung on their pool house, so looks like they are seeing similar pests. Looks like it will be a snowy winter here!

Dave
Dave
5 years ago

Hornet nest on the side of my storage shed, about 6 – 6 1/2 ft high.

Rich
Rich
5 years ago

I found a wasp nest in my exhaust fan in my bathroom, near the top. It was approx. 8″ high and 4 inches wide. I had to take my light and exhaust down, then spray with wasp spray, to kill them all, approx 100-150 fell to the floor. Then took a long screwdriver to knock it down.

Cheri
Cheri
5 years ago

Noble, Oklahoma We have wasps living in our attic well just about rid of them. all the nests I see are 8 ft or higher. I have seen less than 10 bees this year usually have swarms around the holly bushes.

country granny
country granny
5 years ago

Also many comments say the wasps are building nests in the ground. It is usually yellow jackets, which are aggressive, that build in the ground. I really watch for them during hay season.

country granny
country granny
5 years ago

We had wasps on the north side of the house in the lower eaves, but they have moved to the south side up high in the covered porch. We also had an abundance of bees this year. We live in southern Kansas.

Lisa
Lisa
5 years ago

Found a very large nest in a bush about two feet off the ground. Palmer Lake, Colorado

Teressa Hubbard
Teressa Hubbard
5 years ago

Oh I am in Northeast, OK

Teressa Hubbard
Teressa Hubbard
5 years ago

We have sprayed six wasp nest in the last week. They are at least eight plus feet high. Did not know about the brown bag trick! Fiancee has been spaying them out of electrical boxes at work. They are only about four feet high. Few of them were huge.