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Will the cold weather this winter have any effect on mosquitoes and fleas?

Vicky Eckenrode

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.

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