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Cold weather means fewer creepy crawlies this spring

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Many area residents have complained about the cold this winter, but it may hold a blessing in disguise.

Warmer weather brought the little ones out at Loose Park Thursday. But some even smaller creatures likely won't be coming out as much this spring.

Tyran Strong quickly said, "Spiders!" when asked his least favorite bug.

"I like ladybugs and I do not like mosquitos," added 6-year-old Eve Szylleyko.

Mom Kate Shirk just said, "In general I'm not a big fan at all."

"Look at the beautiful brown recluse spider there," said Rick Miller, pointing to a face only a mother could love... and maybe an agriculture agent.

Miller has made his career out of learning the ins and outs of insects, and helping people identify them, as an agriculture agent at K-State's Johnson County Extension Office. But even he will be happy to see a few of them buzz off this spring.

"Everything from mosquitos that might be out there to spiders, and ants and cockroaches," Miller said.

It's a side effect of our super cold temperatures this winter. They were too low for many insects to survive, and some eggs may have frozen and won't hatch.

Smaller numbers of bugs will have burrowed down to make it through, likely in your attic and along your home.

"Crickets, spiders, roaches, ants, all those bugs, they'll kind of go right down along that foundation line," said Miller.

We did find people rooting for the bugs.

Brianne Miller, 9, has her favorites.

"Bees, because they make honey," Brianne Miller said.

Already struggling honey bee populations likely took a beating too this winter.

Miller said, "This is just going to add to their misery, and so it may mean that there's less honey around next year."

Miller says fewer bugs this spring doesn't mean they won't catch up as the summer wears on. With the right conditions, their populations can rebound quickly.

As far as crops, Miller doesn't expect much of an effect because a lot can change by harvest time.

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