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Bug Forecast: Low degrees don't lead to lower bug count

Steve Yanoviak Steve Yanoviak

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It was a long winter in Kentuckiana. In fact, with temperatures dipping as low as 3 degrees below zero back in January, this past winter ranked as the 19th coldest in Louisville's 142 years of keeping records. 

Now that we have turned the calendar and warmed things up there is one question a lot of people have been wondering. How did that long winter affect those bugs and pests we dread during this time of the year? 

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It turns out the winter only delayed the inevitable.

University of Louisville Assistant Biology Professor Steve Yanoviak said, "The reality is that insects and other arthropods have pretty good antifreeze properties in their systems."

This means your favorites will be out in their usual numbers.

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One place we found where bugs are already out and about was the Louisville Zoo.

While they might not be the ones you were picturing, the bug exhibit at the Zoo does serve as an educational tool to kids that having bugs each year isn't exactly a bad thing.

Perhaps the most popular bug that most people do not mind seeing is going to be the ladybug by far. But unfortunately there is another but that isn't as popular. In fact, it's just downright disliked - the tick.

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The common deer tick in our area has two options for the winter, either dig deep into the ground and chill out until spring or find a warm body to hang onto.Ticks are very hardy and it would take extreme cold to severe disrupt their numbers.

Experts said the only real effect we will notice from ticks and other bugs this year will be the delay of their appearance, but only by only a couple weeks. So like it or not the bugs are back.

Bug experts we spoke to say it would take several days if not weeks of temperatures of 20 degrees below zero or colder to make a significant dent in our bug population locally.

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