Cold winter = fewer bugs in spring? Forget about it, UI expert says
If you were hoping that the frigid weather we've had this winter would result in less insects when the weather warms up, a University of Illinois professor says that's not going to happen.
UI entomologist Phil Nixon said it hasn't been nearly cold enough to impact the insects, as they are pretty well adapted to the weather in this region despite the below-zero temperatures we've experienced recently.
Nixon said one particular beetle doesn't have much trouble at all surviving in these conditions.
Nixon added that the dangerously low wind chills we've had in January have an effect on humans but not on insects.
Nixon said you also won't have any luck with getting rid of mosquitoes this winter, as they can handle the very cold temperatures over a long period of time.
And he said Japanese beetles live about eleven inches deep in the soil and can survive for three weeks in frozen solid ground before they start to die. But so far he said the constant snow has insulated the soil, and the intermittent warmer temperature days have also caused the ground to thaw out at times.