There are also many helpful insects and pollinators who overwinter in soil burrows as either eggs, pupae, or adults. Some examples embrace the hummingbird clearwing moth, soldier beetles, and heaps of native bees. Covering the ground with a layer of mulch too early within the spring might block their emergence. Hold off on mulching chores till the soil dries out somewhat and the weather warms. If you just can’t tolerate snakes, some other reptiles fill an analogous ecological function. Many lizards, for example, feed on slugs, snails, and leaf-munching bugs like beetles, caterpillars, and grasshoppers.