Jan 30, 2019
Does this recent extreme cold snap spell bad news for mosquitoes and ticks this summer? Not necessarily. Researchers at Tyson Research Center offer insight into how both species are surviving the Polar Vortex that has gripped most of the Midwest and eastern United States.
WashU Expert: Mosquitoes and ticks do better in extreme cold than we do
By Taila Ogliore
With paper-weight wings and spindly legs, the mosquito hardly seems built to handle the cold. The secret to its survival is eggs built to withstand freezing temperatures. Even if some eggs die off during extreme cold, mosquito populations rebound quickly. The same holds true for ticks that can wait out a cold snap far below a forest’s layer of leaves.
Read the entire article at The Source.