COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Icy temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic region could bring good news for gardeners.

University of Maryland entomologist Mike Raupp tells WTOP-AM (http://bit.ly/1CTX3DQ ) that if the frost gets beyond 6 inches in the ground, the ice will kill pests like ear worms, flea beetles and stink bugs.

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The longer the cold stays, the more bugs will die.

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Raupp also says some bugs living in warm spots, such as attics, may have been fooled into coming out by a handful of spring-like days in early February. He says those early risers will find it difficult to survive in the current blast of arctic air.
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Information from: WTOP-FM, http://www.wtop.com

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