Spring rains will have more of an effect on this year’s pest populations than the winter temperatures, a state entomologist said.
“Most of the things that we have occurring in North Carolina are temperate-type creatures that most of them go farther north than here, so they’re used to cooler winters,” said Barry Engber, a medical entomologist with the N.C. Division of Environmental Health’s pest management section.
That includes the salt marsh and Asian tiger mosquitoes common to the area.
Engber said there could be a few tropical pests affected by the cold, such as fire ants. But he said he does not expect there to be a significant impact because of the cold snaps.
Date posted: March 2, 2010
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