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Can stink bugs stand the cold of the Polar Vortex? They unfortunately can adapt in WNY.

Posted at 5:46 PM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 11:28:37-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — With spring just 29 days away, pests will be coming out of their winter's sleep very soon. We bared the cold of the Polar Vortex but did bugs surive the sub zero temperatures?

Observations back in 2014 by a Virginia Tech study found that after the last Polar Vortex and found that 95% of stink bugs died during the winter.

According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), here in Buffalo, the bugs appear to be as used to the cold just as much as we are.

Mike Bentley, Director of Training and Education for the NPMA commented, "While cold winters typically produce lower insect numbers in the spring than mild winters, in places accustomed to cold weather, however, there is less of a chance of a significant impact on pest populations."

NPMA adds that insects escape the cold by hiding indoors and migrating to warmer areas. Insects can with-stand temperatures of up to -30 degrees.

Here are some NPMA ways to protect you and your home from pests this spring and summer:

  • Seal potential pest entry points such as cracks, gaps or areas where plumbing pipes and utility lines enter the home with a silicone-based caulk.
  • Clean out leaves and other debris from the gutters to prevent standing water, which can provide the perfect breeding ground for pests.
  • Screen windows, attic vents and openings to chimneys, and be sure to promptly repair any rips or tears.
  • Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house, and keep mulch at least 2 feet away from the foundation.