Pretty soon stink bugs will be out and invading our homes, but maybe in less force than in other years.
It's March and we are still in a deep freeze, but if you need a little silver lining during this drab and dreary winter, then consider this: the extreme cold temperatures could be cutting into the populations of some of our areas peskiest bugs.
The stink bug is one of the less welcome residents around here. Not only is the invasive species a nuisance, but it can seriously damage crops and plants. And while they can survive in and in fact prefer, chilly temperatures, this long and harsh winter could prove to be a form of pest control for stink bugs.
Extremely cold temperatures, extended periods of time of cold temperatures will knock out a certain part of the population.
Research students at Virginia Tech have studied 2,500 stink bugs this winter, the extreme cold killed 95 percent of them.
The weather could also be killing members of other invasive species, like the emerald ash borer and the southern pine beetle, which has been attacking trees in New Jersey.
But, any population dips will likely be only temporary. They usually rebound when temperatures aren't as bad.
And of course, if insects like the stink bug are already inside your house don't count on them freezing to death.
As for cockroaches, scientists just discovered a new strain on the High Line that is apparently winter-proof.
So, will the polar vortex or the extreme cold impact the bed bug population?
Not at all.
The bottom line is that researchers say the polar vortex is unlikely to wipe out any species but they say it is possible it will at least keep some populations of the bugs in check.
For help getting rid of stink bugs, bed bugs, cockroaches or any other pest, contact EHS Pest.