Mild winter leads to bad 2013 bug forecast

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 25 at 5:41 PM

(KMOV) – Experts say another mild winter is going to lead to the exact opposite when it comes to bugs this summer.

 

Researchers at the University of Missouri are predicting a bumper crop of Japanese beetles, which have a huge appetite for flowers, plants and shrubs. Mosquitos and ticks are expected to be bad this year, too.

Pundits say the rise in insects is because for the third year in a row the area hasn’t had a hard freeze long enough to kill off the bugs buried in the front yard.

“So you have this continuous exponential expansion of the populations, which leads to massive insect outbreaks,” said St. Louis University Entomologist Dr. Gerardo Camilo.

 

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