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Ash borer could be killed in big numbers this winter



This long, cold winter has given hope to some people in Wisconsin that a few pesky insects won’t survive the season. 

During the subzero stretch at the end of January, some bug experts were suggesting that the emerald ash borer population would suffer greatly from the extreme cold. 

Entomologist P.J. Liesch from UW Extension suspects that many ash borers will be protected by spending the winter inside trees but the dead bug count could be as high as 75 percent.    

Liesch told the Wisconsin Farm Report that mosquitoes and ticks also may be protected from the severe cold because of the heavy snow cover in some parts of Wisconsin.

He also pointed out that the summer mosquito population will depend heavily on how much rain we get during the spring. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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