PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – If there’s some good news coming out of this brutally cold winter, it’s that we could be seeing less stink bugs.
Virginia Tech field researchers say that the prolonged blasts of arctic air this January actually may have killed up to 95-percent of the bugs in their experiments.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: NWS Confirms Tornadoes Touched Down In Western Pennsylvania On Thursday Night
The information was first reported in the Washington Post.
In their experiments, each year Virginia Tech researchers gather stink bugs and store them in insulated buckets to simulate the wintering locations of the bugs.READ MORE: Protester Sues City, Three Pittsburgh Police Officers Claiming He Was Injured In Last Year's Protests
When the researchers checked on the bugs, they found that 95% of them had been killed by polar vortex temperatures.
Researchers say the stink bugs had survived lab tests where the temperature was -4, but some temperatures around the Pittsburgh area were down to -12 or lower.
“Cold will kill anything if it’s cold enough – even stink bugs,” says Bob Androw, Carnegie Museum’s pest specialist.
According to researchers, it’s still too early to tell if the polar vortex permanently reduced the number of stink bugs, but the initial tests are looking good.MORE NEWS: South Hills Village Mall Offering Active Shooter Preparedness Training To Retailers