Continued Freezing Could Affect Pests

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Northeast, and even the South, has been slammed with snow and ice over the last month. Although harsh on humans, this unusually bitter weather could have a beneficial side effect for regional pest populations.

Many insects have methods to keep from freezing in the cold such as producing an antifreeze-type liquid or entering a hibernation period called diapause. However, the good news is that continued freeze-thaw cycles increase the likelihood of pests not surviving. Also, invasive pests who are less well-adapted to local conditions may have a more difficult time making it to spring with the current weather trends.