The cold didn’t snap quite hard enough to kill the hardiest bugs out there, suspect scientists from Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service. The ticks just keep on ticking, and even the freeze-sensitive Southern pine beetle may not have been stopped from doing damage to South Jersey Pinelands trees…“I don’t think the cold snap was long enough to do any remediation as far as the tick population,” said Linda Schoch, one of two horticulturists with Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service of Ocean County. Did the subzero temperatures and double-digit wind chills of Jan. 7 and 8 bore into the pine trees where the beetle larvae lurked? That’s what samplings of the tree will seek to find out.
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