While humans have been the beneficiaries of a mild central Illinois winter, insects are also doing well. Kelly Alsip of the University of Illinois Extension Office in Bloomington says insect populations are usually kept in check when the ground freezes during the winter. She says the population of ants and other insects is booming as a result of this past season's mild temperatures:
Alsip says that includes ants, Japanese Beetles, and aphids, but predator bugs like praying mantis will also appear in large numbers. She says nature tends to balance itself out. She says another side effect of the warm winter is a bounty a blooms from roses, lilacs, and peonies this spring.
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