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Will CNY’s cold March affect insect populations this summer? Your Stories

Question: NewsChannel 9 viewer Traci wants to know what kind of affect a cold March could have on insects this summer.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Question: NewsChannel 9 viewer Traci wants to know what kind of affect a cold March could have on insects this summer.

Answer: Lawrence Abrahamson, an entomologist from SUNY ESF says those very cold days where temperatures were around -20 degrees may slightly reduce the number of invasive insects like gypsy moths and some beetles.

But, he says it's not likely to make a significant difference.

Had we seen a warm up before the deep freeze in March, Abrahamson says that could have done more damage.

But, a constant, steady cold like the one Central New York saw typically doesn't affect most of the insect population.

Traci specifically wanted to know about mosquitoes - and Abrahamson says the mosquitoes that do survive over winter do it in protected areas and are not vulnerable to long cold stretches.

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