Bugged By The Cold? So Are Some Bugs
NEW HAVEN (CBS Local) — Human residents of Connecticut have been able to weather this week’s frigid temperatures — but some of the invasive insect species may have had more of a problem. Dr. Gale Ridge, entomologist with the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station, tells WTIC News that the wooly adelgid, an invasive species from Asia does not do well when the temperature drops below 10 degrees.
The adelgids can kill a hemlock tree over a period of about three years, but Dr. Ridge says scientists may find their numbers greatly reduced come spring.
She says it’s too early to tell about another insect pest, but the cold temperatures may also have been hard on tics, which live at the edge of the soil surface and in leaf litter.