STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- The cold might be a pain, but it may be saving you from smelly pests.
A study from Virginia Tech suggests that the polar vortex may kill as much as 95 percent of this year's outdoor stink bug population.
The brown marmorated stink bug was first seen in Virginia in 2007. They have multiplied each year and become a common household pest, where they seek to escape the freezing winter.
Researchers left the bugs out in the cold, and found that prolonged exposure results in a huge mortality rate.
"This extensive cold weather we've had, yes it's damaged a lot of these guys, they're hurt or they're dying, but a lot of these guys are behind walls, so they're not really getting the cold air to them, so they're surviving quite well and they're going to be thriving in the spring time. The best time to treat is in the fall," said Todd R Stanley, Manager of Valley Termite and Pest Control.
Researchers say the tests won't be proven until summer, but are promising.
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