Cold winter killing some NYC pests (but not bed bugs, sorry) - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

Cold winter killing some NYC pests (but not bed bugs, sorry)

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

It's March and Central Park is still in a deep freeze, but if you need a little silver lining during this drab and dreary winter, then consider this: the extreme cold temperatures could be cutting into the populations of some of our areas peskiest creepy crawlers.

The stink bug is one of the less welcome residents of the tri-state area. Not only is the invasive species a nuisance, but it can seriously damage crops and plants. And while they can survive in and in fact prefer, chilly temperatures, entomologist Louis Sorkin of the American Museum of Natural History says that this long and harsh winter could prove to be a form of pest control.

"Extremely cold temperatures, extended periods of time of cold temperatures will knock out a certain part of the population," Sorkin says.

Research students at Virginia Tech put about 2,500 brown marmorated stink bugs in buckets with insulated tubes and left them outside for the winter for later study. The professor says that in past years three-quarters of the bugs survive, but this year the extreme cold killed 95 percent of them.

The weather could also be killing members of other invasive species, like the emerald ash borer and the southern pine beetle, which has been attacking trees in New Jersey.

But Sorkin warns, any population dips will likely be only temporary.

"They usually rebound given years in the future when those temps aren't as bad," he says.

And of course, if insects like the stink bug are already inside your house don't count on them freezing to death.

As for cockroaches, scientists just discovered a new strain on the High Line that is apparently winter-proof.

So, will the polar vortex or the extreme cold impact the bed bug population of New York City?

"Not at all," Sorkin says.

The bottom line is that researchers say the polar vortex is unlikely to wipe out any species but they say it is possible it will at least keep some populations of the bugs in check.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Whitewashed American flags raised at Brooklyn Bridge

    Whitewashed American flags raised at Brooklyn Bridge

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:36:37 GMT
    Police responded to the Brooklyn Bridge where two whitewashed American flags were raised on Tuesday. It is not clear who raised the flags or why. The American flags that are normally up at the bridge appeared to have been removed. The white flags were placed on the stone supports that hold cables above the span. Several officers scaled the bridge and lowered one of the flags at about 11 a.m. and the second about 20 minutes later.
    Police responded to the Brooklyn Bridge where two whitewashed American flags were raised on Tuesday. It is not clear who raised the flags or why. The American flags that are normally up at the bridge appeared to have been removed. The white flags were placed on the stone supports that hold cables above the span. Several officers scaled the bridge and lowered one of the flags at about 11 a.m. and the second about 20 minutes later.
  • Delta cancels all flights to Israel from NY

    Delta cancels all flights to Israel from NY

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:34:34 GMT
    Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv on Tuesday when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.
    Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv on Tuesday when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.
  • Not guilty plea from driver in NJ police officer death

    Not guilty plea from driver in NJ police officer death

    The man accused of driving the tractor-trailer that slammed into a police officer operating a radar gun in Waldwick, New Jersey, has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide. Ryan Cumberbatch, of Brooklyn, made an initial court appearance in Hackensack on Monday. Cumberbatch only spoke during the brief hearing to say he understood the charge. His attorney said they wouldn't comment out of respect for the police officer's family.
    The man accused of driving the tractor-trailer that slammed into a police officer operating a radar gun in Waldwick, New Jersey, has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide. Ryan Cumberbatch, of Brooklyn, made an initial court appearance in Hackensack on Monday. Cumberbatch only spoke during the brief hearing to say he understood the charge. His attorney said they wouldn't comment out of respect for the police officer's family.
Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices