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September's Beetle Killing Cold Snap

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The early September cold snap in the Black Hills was hard on anyone trying to grow tomatoes.  But it turns out the cold may have also been tough on pine beetles.

In the dead of winter pine beetles can survive short periods of -30 to -40 below zero.  
 
Experts say in early fall the bugs aren’t yet ready for winter and they are much more susceptible to freezing.