Cold Weather Might Not Mean Fewer Mosquitoes - Erika Lathon
Updated: Friday, February 7 2014, 10:56 PM CST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- You often hear that enduring the extreme cold will mean fewer bugs and insects to contend with during the summer. Entomologists say that's not necessarily the case. Many insects have the ability to adapt and survive the cold. Some will burrow into trees or go deep into the soil until temperatures warm up. University of Tennessee Extension Professor, Dr. Frank Hale says the pest population is determined more by spring weather conditions. An early, spring with lots of rain will allow mosquito populations to quickly reproduce. While lots of pests will be killed off during the extreme cold, they'll be replaced by insects that migrate or hitch a ride to Tennessee on fruits and vegetables.
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