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What's buggin' you?: Not stink bugs, because polar vortex killed off most of them

A Virginia Tech study found that 95 percent of stink bugs were killed by January's polar vortex. [COLUMBUS DISPATCH FILE PHOTO]
By Gary Dinges gdinges@gatehousemedia.com
Posted: Feb. 19, 2019 2:32 pm Updated: Feb. 20, 2019 1:36 pm

The polar vortex that put most of the U.S. in a deep freeze last month appears to have had a chilling effect on the stink bug population.

Scientists from Virginia Tech indicate 95 percent of stink bugs likely died as a result of the wicked winter weather.

The few that are able to survive cold blasts like the one in January do so because they find warm(ish) hiding spots, according to a 2014 study cited by the Harrisburg, Pa., Patriot-News.

The news isn't all good, though. Many of the eggs adult stink bugs laid before the polar vortex likely survived, meaning there will be a fresh batch soon.

Stink bugs primarily feed on plants. They don't typically bite humans, but can leave behind an unpleasant odor.

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