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Which Pests Survived the Cold?
A Virginia Tech research experiment estimates that the Polar Vortex may have killed 95% of the stink bugs that hadn’t found shelter to stay warm this winter. However, not all common pests are freezing as homeowners might wish.
Invasive species in the Northeast such as the emerald ash borer and southern pine beetle aren’t likely to survive the winter cold, but New York City cockroaches and bed bug populations will unfortunately not be affected. Also, even if adult pests freeze, they may have already laid eggs which will hatch when the weather warms.