Q&A on the News

Q: How will the cold weather affect snakes and mosquitoes this spring and summer? — Mary Walsh, Atlanta

A: This winter’s cold temperatures likely will not affect snakes. They seek “subterranean shelter prior to the onset of cold weather and are buffered from it,” according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Snakes can be affected if they are “surprised” by a cold snap in the spring. Mosquitoes also will not likely be affected. Mosquitoes found in Georgia, such as the tiger mosquito and southern house mosquito, spend the winter in a “particular life stage, such as eggs or larvae,” or in preferred shelter, such as underground storm drain systems, University of Georgia entomologist Elmer Gray told Q&A on the News in an email. “… Entomologists don’t expect the cold winter to have a significant impact on insect populations this spring,” he wrote. “Local conditions related to moisture and overall seasonal temperatures (early spring/late spring) will play a much more important role as we move from winter to summer and prepare for the insects that will be sure to follow.”

Q: What is the name of the company that will supply Atlanta’s new streetcars? Where were they were built? — Dave Brownell, Lilburn

A: The streetcars that will be used in Atlanta were built by Siemens at its plant in Sacramento, Calif. Two have been delivered and two more are expected to arrive in April, Atlanta Streetcar spokeswoman Sharon Gavin told the Q&A on the News. The project has been delayed by winter weather, but Atlanta’s streetcars are expected to be in operation by late spring, she said.

Andy Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).

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