Cold snap in BC will not kill the Pine Beetle infestation
Amy Judd | December 24, 2008 at 12:39 pmby
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The recent cold snap in British Columbia comes too late to kill the pine beetle infestation that has plagued the province, mostly the Prince George area, where most pine trees have already been killed.
"It's too little, too late," said Lindgren, an entomologist at the university.
Whatever pine was killed in the last season in the Prince George area, the beetle population coming out will be small and have little impact, he said.
The cold snap could possibly have some effect north of Mackenzie, but the beetle larvae, which grow under the bark of lodgepole pine trees, have already produced their natural anti-freeze at this time of the year making them less susceptible to the cold, noted Lindgren.
This has worked in the past, but not quickly enough for this latest epidemic.
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