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The rise of the rodent population in Massachusetts

Fast rodent gestation period

Each fall when the weather begins to cool down, our call center experiences an increase in requests for rodent control in Massachusetts. This never surprises us because we've come to expect it, but we find that many homeowners with a mouse or rat infestation are surprised to learn about the rise of the rodent population in Massachusetts. 

Beyond the obvious factors that cause rodents to come inside, such as cooler weather, it's important to understand the reproductive habits of these pests. The gestation period for a rat, for example, is only 21-23 days. When you consider that rats typically have a litter somewhere between 5-10 offspring, it's not difficult to realize why an infestation can explode in a matter of weeks.

The same scenario applies to the life cycle of mice. The gestation period for a house mouse is approximately 20 days and they can easily produce 7-10 offspring in a single litter. What's even scarier is that mice reach sexual maturity in only six weeks. That means your mouse infestation can develop into a severe problem rapidly. 

By Admin | Sep 17, 2018 11:38:03 AM | 0 Comments Read More

How a summer heatwave in Massachusetts impacts insect activity

Heatwave in Massachusetts impacts insect activity

By Admin | Aug 6, 2018 9:28:34 AM | 0 Comments Read More

Massachusetts mosquito control season reaching its peak

It's hot. It's humid. It's July.

By Admin | Jul 16, 2018 12:19:18 PM | 0 Comments Read More

Why early season Massachusetts tick treatments are critical

For many years, Burgess Pest has been performing tick treatments in Massachusetts. But this March, we've had more customers than ever contact us to request starting their service early, even though we traditionally don't begin Massachusetts tick treatments until April. 

By Admin | Mar 7, 2018 1:10:29 PM | 0 Comments Read More

Massachusetts bed bug heaters fend off the cold

The dramatic winter chill and blizzard conditions that have engulfed New England has affected pest management in many ways; not all of them expected. This past weekend, we used some of our Massachusetts bed bug control equipment to fend off the winter cold by keeping pipes from freezing after a public building lost its power. 

At Burgess Pest Management, we're one of the few companies in the region to use thermal remediation equipment to eliminate bed bugs in New England. These large generators produce high heat, which eliminates all stages of the bed bug life cycle, when it reaches approximately 120 degrees Fahrenheit. 

By Admin | Jan 8, 2018 10:56:31 AM | 0 Comments Read More

Seasonal pest control in Massachusetts

Massachusetts pest control

Looking at the five day weather calendar for the last week of December does not exactly produce a warm and fuzzy feeling. The coldest temps of the season play a role, not just in human activity, but on insects and rodents. In fact, the weather here has a direct impact on seasonal pest control in Massachusetts because, like humans, pests need to stay warm to survive. 

With four distinct seasons of weather, seasonal pest control in Massachusetts takes on four distinct seasons of pest pressure. Here's a quick snapshot of a calendar of Massachusetts pest control that we face.

  • Winter (January, February, March): Several types of mice and rats
  • Spring (April, May, June): Termites, ants, spiders, ticks, beetles, carpenter bees, winter moth caterpillars
  • Summer (July, August, September): Mosquitoes, ants, termites, ticks, rodents, wasps, hornets, spiders
  • Fall (October, November, December): Spiders, rodents, ants, termites, ticks

While this is just a quick snapshot, it provides an overview of how our weather influences pest activity that we're always addressing at Burgess Pest Management. But what complicates things is that weather in New England is not consistent. The result is a crossover effect of pest pressure between months and seasons. In other words, it's possible for termites to swarm late winter if the weather conditions are right. You can also see tick activity in the winter, especially if the temperature hovers around 40 degrees. Ants are also known to come out in January and February, in addition to their normal periods of heightened activity.

So the bottom line is, seasonal pest pest control in Massachusetts is a year-round effort that takes regular attention, service, and care. 

By Admin | Dec 27, 2017 10:28:10 AM | 0 Comments Read More

Three common places to search for mice

As so many homeowners in New England know, winter is the most active time of the year for rodents. Like us, they want to find ways to stay warm, and oftentimes, it's by coming inside our homes. But saying goodbye to mice this winter means you first have to find them. So here are three common places to search for mice

By Admin | Dec 19, 2017 11:56:38 AM | 0 Comments Read More

Three things you can do to keep mice out of your Massachusetts home

Keeping your home pest free all year is a bigger challenge than you might think. In New England, we face four distinct seasons of weather, which means we also face four seasons of pest pressure. Since winter tends to be the most active time of year for rodents, we thought it would be helpful to share three things you can do to keep mice out of your Massachusetts home. 

By Admin | Dec 14, 2017 10:41:42 AM | 0 Comments Read More

Bringing insects inside your home this season

Earlier this week, we re-posted a news article alerting people about the potential to bring hundreds of insects into your home on a Christmas tree. While that many bugs on one tree may be a bit extreme, it got us thinking about some other tips to consider this holiday season. Unfortunately, bringing insects inside your home this season could be the least of your worries. 

By Admin | Nov 29, 2017 11:52:33 AM | 0 Comments Read More

Is your house ready for fall? 3 tips to stop mice from getting inside!

3 tips to stop mice this fall!

There are so many fall traditions that New Englanders have come to expect in October. Vibrant foliage, pumpkin spice lattes, and cider donuts are just a few. But how about that other fall tradition that no one wants to talk about? The annual pilgrimage of mice coming inside your home to get warm! 

By Admin | Oct 11, 2017 11:56:28 AM | 0 Comments Read More

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