2014-01-08

Some bugs will take a hit in cold

The dreaded pine beetle that has ravaged British Columbia’s forests will take a hit this winter, but the extreme cold in the rest of Western Canada will only slow down the insect’s inevitable advance toward Northwestern Ontario, not stop it, a local expert predicts.

“I expect there will be a horrendous die-off, but it’s just a setback,” Thunder Bay entomologist Ken Deacon said Tuesday.

“They have an incredible ability to colonize a tree.”