Cold Weather Won't Stop Pine Beetles
by Associated Press
December 07, 2013 2:10 PM
The bitter cold snap across South Dakota has cancelled events and increased calls for furnace repairs, but hopes that it might chase away the state's most unwelcome visitors are futile at best.
Forestry officials say the mountain pine beetles that have ravaged the Black Hills in recent years can withstand the arctic temperatures, which have approached 20 below zero in some areas.
South Dakota State University forestry specialist John Ball tells the Black Hills Pioneer that pine beetles gradually acclimate to colder temperatures. He says a similar cold wave in October would have been a bug killer.