Thursday, February 13, 2014
The answer is not necessarily. Insects are quite adaptable to cold, and can be surprisingly hardy. Thanks to their biology and their behavior, many insects have no problem surviving winter’s frigid temperatures.
Biology: Stink bugs and other insects have the ability to super-cool themselves when they hibernate. Dr. Qing-He Zhang, Director of Research and Development at RESCUE!®, compares this super-cooling ability to “antifreeze” inside the insect bodies that allows them to tolerate sub-zero temperatures.
“Ironically, a mild winter and early spring can be more deadly to insects than a long, cold winter,” says Dr. Zhang.
Why? “Because an early thaw can cause the bugs to emerge from hibernation earlier than normal… and before there are ample food sources available to survive,” he explains.
The bottom line: Don’t let winter lull you into a false sense of security concerning insects. Make sure you are prepared with our traps to catch these stink bugs, wasps, hornets, yellowjackets and Japanese beetles when they wake up in spring!
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