Some Good News About Winter: It’s Killing Invasive Insects


The cold weather that has entrenched parts of the U.S. this winter is proving to be quite the pesticide. This winter’s deep freeze is putting a number of invasive insects on ice in many states, the Washington Post reports.
Ash borers – “the worst forest problem in our lifetime,” according to a Colorado State University entomologist – prey on ash trees, which provide wood used for items ranging from baseball bats to church pews. They cause $2.1 billion in economic losses each year in the U.S., Quartz reports.
But it turns out these pesky bugs don’t like the cold.