Think the cold winter will kill off ticks? Think again

In the New York Times

Some creepy facts: A cockroach can live about a month with its head cut off. In its 300 million or so years on this planet, its relatives have survived an asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs, an ice age and an atom bomb.

These vile pests the color of excrement reproduce all year and know where to find warm places to hide. So that “bomb cyclone” of a cold spell that froze much of the United States? It’s like nothing for the roaches — or most other creepy-crawly pests.

Yes, it’s been cold, really cold — but you survived. Don’t think your worst nightmares didn’t.

Bedbugs

“I don’t expect this cold spell to affect bedbug populations in the coming months,” said Jeff White, an entomologist at BedBug Central, a company that provides training and information on bedbugs and pest control. “Although it’s cold outside, it’s not cold inside.”

According to Mr. White, you’d have to leave a book in your freezer for up to two weeks to make sure the cold fully penetrated it to kill bedbugs. But the cold we just experienced didn’t last that long and many things bedbugs might use as shelter are bigger than books.

Go to the New York Times for the rest of the story.

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