Cold Doesn't Necessarily Kill Insects

December 9, 2013 8:07 PM

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Just because it'd cold doesn't mean that your pest problem is over until the spring. Scientists have found that bed bugs in particular are resilient when it comes to freezing temperatures. They've discovered that while exposing bed bug-infested clothing or other small items to the cold may have been advised in the past, these insects are far less susceptible to freezing than previously reported.

Bed bugs, like many other insects, use a "freeze-intolerant" strategy against the cold. This means that they attempt to protect themselves from freeze injury by lowering the freezing point of their body fluids. In order to examine what effect the cold has on bed begs, though, the researchers took a ...

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