ST. LOUIS - Believe it or not, there may be some good news about all the cold weather we've had. It could mean fewer bugs this spring and summer.
An expert from the Saint Louis Zoo says long cold spells keep bugs like mosquitoes, ticks and chiggers from emerging early. That can keep their populations from exploding once warm weather arrives for good.
But that doesn't mean we won't have nuisance bugs at all.
"We're not eradicating them. We're not getting rid of ticks or mosquitoes or anything else. But we will have a little slower build up later on this season," said Ed Spevak.
Spevak says a lot depends on weather this spring, too.
There's another up-side to a cold winter. It's actually good for bees that pollinate flowers and orchards.