RESEARCHERS: Polar Vortex May Have Killed 95% Of Stink Bugs

February 19, 2019

If there’s one good thing about really cold weather, it’s that it keeps the bugs at bay!

The polar vortex that slammed parts of the U.S. with below-freezing temperatures in January may have killed as many as 95% of stink bugs that weren’t able to find shelter, according to a Virginia Tech research experiment.

The National Pest Management Association also said other invasive pests like the emerald ash borer and southern pine beetle were also unlikely to survive harsh winter weather.

If you think this means that the polar took out all of the creepy critters...think again. Researchers say that cockroaches, bed bugs, mosquitoes and termites are all sneaky enough to survive frigid temperatures.