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Researchers: Polar Vortex May Kill Off 95% Of Stink Bugs

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Researchers say Polar Vortex cold snaps may kill off a large number of invasive insect species, including stink bugs.

A Virginia Tech research experiment shows that the Polar Vortex may kill off as many as 95 percent of stink bugs that hadn’t found warm shelter during the winter months.

The National Pest Management Association also says that the Emerald ash borer and southern pine beetles also likely dind’t survive the polar plunge. They have since updated their website to reference that the Virginia Tech research experiment was from 2014 during a similar Polar Vortex event.

Unfortunately that doesn’t mean all annoying insects were killed off in big numbers due to the frigid temperatures.

Researchers say cockroaches, and bed bugs will not be affected. Even if the adults freeze, they have already laid eggs which will hatch when the warmer weather gets here.

You may not see mosquitoes and termites this time of year, but that doesn’t mean the cold temperatures killed them off.