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Do's and don'ts for backyard mosquito control in Massachusetts

Mosquitoes in Massachusetts

Controlling mosquitoes in Massachusetts is not a small order, especially in July. Mosquitoes thrive under two conditions that are beyond our control in the summer: moisture and heat. We've had the moisture, beginning in the spring, but now we have the July heat to contend with. Below are some do's and don'ts for backyard mosquito control in Massachusetts that should give you some relief. 

By Admin | Jul 6, 2017 11:36:06 AM | 0 Comments Read More

Tips on backyard mosquito control

Celebrate independence from mosquitoes this 4th of July! Here are a few tips to help you do less swatting and more celebrating this 4th of July.  Burgess Pest Management is New England's #1 choice for backyard mosquito control. 

  1. A treatment for ticks and mosquitoes from Burgess Pest has a long lasting residual. But try to time your treatments close to your outdoor event to maximize the effectiveness, before rain or other elements breaks down the product. 
  2. Mosquito-repellent really does work! But check the label for the expiration date, and feel free to cross-reference your product with the EPA, which maintains a list of recommended products. DEET is the active ingredient known to repel both mosquitoes and ticks, and you'll find more information on its safety and use right here on the EPA's website.
  3. Prior to hosting your outdoor event, do a yard check! Remove piles of debris, eliminate standing water (in bird baths, puddles, and gutters especially), and you'll be taking a big step in eliminating nearby mosquito breeding grounds.

Find out more about Burgess Pest Management's Massachusetts tick and mosquito control, and learn how you can save 5%.

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By Admin | Jul 3, 2017 9:18:59 AM | 0 Comments Read More

When are mosquitoes most active in Massachusetts?

When are mosquitoes most active in Massachusetts?

By most accounts, there are approximately 51 species of mosquitoes present in Massachusetts. While the species and characteristics of each mosquito may vary slightly, all have one thing in common: they bite.  

There are different habitats which produce certain species of mosquitoes by providing conditions that allow them to breed. In eastern and central Massachusetts, it's common to encounter areas with standing water - and it doesn't take much. Shallow puddles, damp leave piles, clogged gutters, unused pools, wet trash cans, and bird baths are just some of the common breeding grounds that you may find, even on your own property. 

By Admin | Jun 19, 2017 11:25:00 AM | 0 Comments Read More

Paying the price for a mild winter and wet spring in Massachusetts as mosquitoes, ticks, and other bugs are booming

It's a trade-off many people would take any day of the week: playing a round of golf in February, even if it means a buggy spring, summer, and fall to follow. But now that the trade-off is here, maybe you'd reconsider. We are paying the price for a mild winter and wet spring in Massachusetts as mosquitoes, ticks, and other bugs are booming. 

Especially over the past couple weeks, pesky mosquitoes, large carpenter ants, annoying midges, dangerous ticks, creepy spiders, and other bugs seem to be everywhere in Massachusetts. There is no doubt that we're paying the price for the mild winter and wet spring, in a number of ways. 

By Admin | Jun 12, 2017 2:04:58 PM | 0 Comments Read More

Rainy spring creating bad mosquito season in Massachusetts

Massachusetts mosquito season

It's hard to believe that it was only a year ago that our area was immersed in a historic drought. This spring has brought more than it's fair share of heavy rain, along with unseasonably cool weather. Recent temperatures in the 40's for daytime highs haven't exactly lent credence to the phrase, "hope springs eternal." But what this weather pattern has created is conditions that are already creating a bad mosquito season in Massachusetts. 

The most essential element that mosquitoes need to breed is water. Particularly after prior years which brought prolonged periods lacking in rainfall, this spring has provided enough moisture to fill ponds, flourish rivers, and create pooling and dampness in backyards and areas with dense brush.

Warmth is the next element that allows mosquitoes to flourish. While we haven't yet experienced extended periods of above average temperatures, that's about to change. Our local forecast has us reaching daytime highs in the 80's and 90's within the next week.

Mosquito season in Massachusetts is exacerbated by breeding in stagnant, standing fresh water. But this doesn't have to be an actual pond or river. Mosquito breeding can occur in buckets filled with water, wet trashcans, and clogged gutters.

So consider this an early Massachusetts mosquito season warning. It's going to be a bad one. Make the effort now to remove standing water. Clean out those gutters. And be proactive with a seasonal mosquito and tick treatment package with Burgess Pest

By Admin | Jun 9, 2017 11:06:58 AM | 0 Comments Read More

Summer tick and mosquito control in New England

A little info on summer tick and mosquito control in New England, from your friends at Burgess Pest Management ...

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How to properly treat for ticks in Massachusetts

Massachusetts tick control

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Termite swarms in Massachusetts

FAQ's on termite swarms in Massachusetts

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about termite swarms in Massachusetts that you might find helpful.

By Admin | May 17, 2017 11:24:41 AM | 0 Comments Read More

Ant in your plants?

Ants in your plants? Learning about better Massachusetts ant control

It's usually around mid-May in Massachusetts that ant activity increases exponentially. At Burgess Pest Management, we generally get the phone calls and emails when people see ants walking across kitchen counter tops, bathrooms, the living room floor,  etc. Homeowners are always wondering how these ants get inside, and where they're actually coming from. Here's a little information that might help to answer that question, as you search for better Massachusetts ant control. 

  1. Ants in your plants? Although it's possible that you may inadvertently bring ants into your home by bringing a potted plant inside, there's another reason for ant activity that's related to plant power: ants need protein to expand their colonies. That's why increased ant activity coincides with trees and flowers blooming in Massachusetts. When the leaves come out, so do the ants.
  2. Ants need moisture to survive. That's one of the reasons they seem to be especially active in bathrooms and kitchens. Condensation easily builds up under sinks, under toilets, and in wall voids. This helps to create conditions that are ideal for ants to colonize.
  3. Knowing that ants need plant protein and moisture to thrive, it becomes easier to understand why they may be thriving outside along your foundation, especially if you have dense vegetation close to your home. As we get into the growing season, don't forget to cut back some of your shrubs and plants. Let the natural light penetrate the soil to keep things well lit and dry!

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By Admin | May 15, 2017 9:26:24 AM | 0 Comments Read More

[Infographic] Top 10 Tick Tips to Protect Your Pad Against Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Threats

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