Did the cold weather have an impact on insects?

East Texas insect experts say cold weather very bad for bugs
Posted: Feb 10, 2011 5:17 PM CST Updated: Feb 10, 2011 5:17 PM CST

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By Morgan Thomas – bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – This extreme cold affects more than people, pets, plants, and pipes. You can add a 5th “p” to that list pests! This can be good or bad, depending on the bug, and their purpose.

For most folks less bugs is great news. According to Dr. David Kulhavy, whose also known as ‘Doctor Bug’ for his insect expertise, for some species, like mosquitos, cold weather could be the kiss of death.

“They breed in water and the water temperature is very cold. So mosquitos are going to go down in numbers and do that pretty rapidly,” said Kulhavy.

Pine trees are getting a reprieve from bark beatles since being attacked during last fall’s drought. This winter, the trees are getting a chance to recover from the damage.

“Bark beatles that have been very prevalent in pine trees in October and November because of the drought are now very dormant or not moving at all so that’s going to be very helpful for the forests and forest industry,” said Kulhavy.

However, not all bugs are bad, and population reductions could have negative affects.

“Pollinators are very important they’re a whole way of life,” said Kulhavy.

Area bee keepers are struggling to keep their hives warm.

“If we lose our pollinators especially impacts agriculture detrimentally… It affects the honey industry because you have less honey, said Kulhavy.

However, some bugs, especially the ones we despise the most like roaches, find ways to survive the extreme weather.

“It’s not the peak season during the winter months… But we’re still getting a lot of calls for bugs,” said Carra Liles, owner of Carra Pest and termites.

Carra owns a pest and termites service company and sees where those annoying bugs find shelter.

“Bugs are like us. They want a warm place to stay when its cold and a cool place in the summer,” said Liles.

Dr. Bug says providing a habitat for beneficial bugs is your duty, but not the icky ones.

“There are chemicals if you want to go that way or you can pick them up and throw them out or choose to ignore them, but mostly we don’t,” said Kulhavy

*Article Provided by KTRE Your East Texas News Leader

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