Fewer bugs this spring? Recent cold weather in Oklahoma may make it happen

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma’s recent bout with winter weather may have lowered the bug population for the spring, at least temporarily.

Bugs like mosquitoes, ticks and fleas have ways to survive the winter, many of them burrowing deep into the soil to keep warm.

Some have a natural anti-freeze to keep from being damaged by freezing temperatures.

While most Oklahoma winters don’t impact bugs, the February arctic blast may have been cold enough for long enough to lower the bug population temporarily.

Bugs that didn’t burrow deep enough were likely killed by the cold.

So when bugs emerge in April and May this year, you may not see as many as usual.

Any decrease in the populations will be brief though. The bug population will ramp back up to normal in about a month’s time.