Cold winter didn't eliminate insects

Posted May 11, 2010

— Mosquitoes, fleas and ticks – all signs that it is getting warmer in North Carolina.

Record cold temperatures this past winter – the coldest in 30 years – left some people thinking some of these pests might have been killed off.

But Jack Bacheler, a professor of entomology at North Carolina State University, says bugs are well adapted to North Carolina winters, where it doesn't get that cold.

"Unfortunately, we don't get much of a break from things we'd like to see less of," Bacheler said.

In fact, Bacheler says, pests like mosquitoes, fire ants, millipedes, fleas and ticks actually thrive in conditions like those of late – warmer weather mixed with rain.

"Anything, even the base of a flower pot, can serve as a reservoir for insects like Asian tiger mosquitoes that are so obnoxious," he said.

Local exterminator David Wyatt, of Clegg's Pest Control, says there are ways to reduce the numbers, such as getting rid of any standing water outside.

"The one thing you'll never see is a complete eradication," he said. "That just doesn't ever happen."


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  • NoFreakinWay May 12, 2010

    and wet weather usually takes care of that crunchy, brown thing you call a yard, but not here in the triangle. Here in the triangle all they can do is "hope" for rain and/or put out forecast after forecast that couldn't be more wrong with their predictions of precipitation. 0 for about the last 44 wral! Insects!? they all will die on their own from dehydration thanks to choosing to land here, eat here and live in our "viewing area"! Just like humans, we're all doomed from the record 2010 drought that is upon us!

  • TontoKozlowski2 May 11, 2010

    DDT does a pretty good job of getting rid of them rascals!

  • allie19 May 11, 2010

    Minnesota has worse mosquitos tha NC. The cold weather has never killed the bugs. and today was supposed to be 80 degrees fish. That was at 11pm last night. Guess it changed when you walked outside this morning and it was colder?

  • Seenenuff May 11, 2010

    Another urban legend bites the dust.

  • McLovin May 11, 2010

    Pretty sure dynamite works the careful though, that stuff is dangerous

  • itsmyownopinion May 11, 2010

    I've had two attached ticks already this year, and I haven't spent much time outside. I hate those little blood suckers so much just the thought of them makes my skin crawl.

  • personalbias May 11, 2010

    Kleptocracy, synonymous with and the moniker of today's politicians.

  • Homeward May 11, 2010

    The fire ants are more durable and numerous than ever before in my yard - even Amdro bait hasn't diminished their numbers. Next step Extinguish Plus and/or napalm. Maybe both?

  • cadetsfan May 11, 2010

    I've been battling mosquitos in my yard for a few years now, since we moved to the new digs. *sigh*

  • iron fist May 11, 2010

    It would take more than cold weather to get ride of some of the insects I have to work with/for everyday.