While the temps have been frigid this winter, there may be an upside.

A Virginia Tech research experiment estimates that the Polar Vortex may have killed 95% of the stink bugs that hadn’t found shelter to stay warm at the Jersey Shore this winter.

There's no mistaking the annoying sound, and the even worse smell of New Jersey stink bugs. There are 20 varieties in the Garden State, but very few of the species can survive a particularly cold stretch of temperatures like we experienced in late-January. Keep in mind, there's plenty of winter to go.

Unfortunately, other pests will most likely be prevalent regardless of how cold it gets in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Bed bugs, termites, and mosquitoes are a few examples.

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