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Stink bugs may have met their match this winter

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: February 21, 2014
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The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

There’s reason to be glad for our tough winter. It looks like the cold may have killed off a lot of those pesky stink bugs.

An extended cold snap killed most of the brown marmorated stink bugs that were being monitored in an experiment at Virginia Tech, according to the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang blog.

Entomologist Thomas Kuhar and his team capture some of the bugs each fall and keep them outdoors in insulated, ventilated buckets that mimic the places the insects normally overwinter. This year, after several days of near-zero temperatures, the researchers found 95 of the stink bugs dead, the blog reported.

While he can’t know for sure, Kuhar thinks that indicates we’ll see a big drop in the bugs’ population.

If you’ve been plagued by  stink bugs invading your home to get warm, that’s hopeful news.

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