Study: Winter nearly wiped out one invasive pest

Study: Winter nearly wiped out one invasive pest
Michael Mike Bentley, general manager of Home Team Pest Defense, checks potential hotspots for mosquito larvae

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Mother Nature put her foot down this winter … and squished some bugs.

The polar vortex might have wiped out a significant amount of stink bugs that hadn’t found shelter, according to a Virginia Tech research experiment.

The research indicates that up to 95-percent of stink bugs in the northeast might have died.

But what about those other pests? Don’t throw away your Raid cans yet, brave bug warriors.

This part is gross.

Other invasive species often have mechanisms to help survive harsh temperatures. Even if the cold weather killed that cockroach, it might have laid eggs that will hatch in warmer weather. Same goes for bedbugs, according to the report.

And the roaches that were able to get out of the cold probably did it by getting into warm shelter – like a house.

If you don’t see termites, they’re burrowing underground waiting for spring.

And, according to pestworld.org, mosquitos are pretty good at surviving cold temperatures.

“As the weather conditions improve, female mosquitoes awaken and seek out a blood source to feed and begin developing eggs,” their website says.

If you feel something crawling on your leg, or think you have an infestation, call your local exterminator.

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