Cold Polar Vortex may have killed off a majority of stink bugs, researchers say


FAIRFAX, VA — A Virginia Tech research experiment says that the recent frigid cold Polar Vortex may have killed 95% of stink bugs that hadn’t found shelter to stay warm this winter.

A press release from the National Pest Management Association cites a research experiment from Virginia Tech. The researchers say along with the stink bugs being affected, the winter cold will likely kill off invasive species like the emerald ash borer and southern pine beetle.

Unfortunately, though, bugs homeowners may really hate, like bed bugs and roaches, aren’t affected by the cold, because they likely already laid eggs which will hatch in warmer weather.


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