Hate the cold? It bugs Maine insects, too

Kennebec Journal quotes Davey arborist Tom Ford in this article on some of the hidden advantages this year's extreme cold may bring for homeowners on the west coast.

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

By North Cairn

Mainers are shivering their way through the coldest winter in a decade, but the severe weather is producing a few unexpected benefits –  now and in the months to come, entomologists and biologists say.Stock 20121winter _jpg

The intense cold is keeping tick populations in check, so cross-country skiers are less likely to find themselves peeling the clingy bloodsuckers off their parkas and pants as they have in the past few more moderate winters, according to the scientists.

Even so, that’s no reason to be lulled into a false sense of security, they warn, because the tick populations will recover their numbers in spring and  summer.

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