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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Why are spiders so active in the fall in Massachusetts?
Arachnophobia is one of the most common fears people face. But if the way to get over your fear of spiders is to face it, there's good news. Almost every turn you take this fall, especially at night, will bring you face to face with your fear.
Spiders, and their webs are so common in the fall in Massachusetts. You've probably been encountering their webs around outdoor lights, fences, trees and shrubs this month. Many spiders are at the point of maturation and are busy casting their webs to consume insects.
Fall pests in Massachusetts
It's easy to assume that summer is the only time of year that we should worry about pests finding their way inside our homes. Ants, spiders, ticks, mosquitoes and other insects are always more active when the temperature is warm enough to support their reproductive habits. But common fall pest invaders in Massachusetts include all of these pests, and many more, which tend to be even more visible indoors when the weather cools.
Insects like ants and spiders are active outside all summer, as food and water sources are plentiful. But when the nights cool, they begin looking for areas to stay protected from the cold. Spiders are busy eating insects outside during the summer, but they, along with ants may have a better chance at finding a meal in your basement or kitchen in the fall.
Rodents are another common fall pest invader in Massachusetts. Mice and rats are seeking warm nesting areas when the nights get cold. By squeezing into openings as small as the circumference of a dime, mice find easy refuge in basements. Once there, they reproduce quickly while enjoying all of the easy food sources they may find in your home.
There are many other insects that become more active in the early fall, including wasps and hornets, which you've likely been noticing buzzing around outside. They're also attracted to warmer spaces, as they gather as much nectar as possible before winter comes.
As always, Burgess Pest Management advocates an Integrated Pest Management strategy of proactive control and prevention, as the best approach to achieving better Massachusetts pest control.
Gypsy moth caterpillar damage in Massachusetts was even worse than initially feared this year. That's according to a report published in this week's Boston Globe, which says that nearly one third of the forest canopy was damaged by the outbreak. Gypsy moth caterpillars in Massachusetts are non-native pests. This year's damage equates to about one million acres of forest.
The damage to tree canopy resulting from a gypsy moth outbreak can result in severely compromising the overall health of the tree, eventually leading to death. Parts of Massachusetts have seen worse gypsy moth outbreaks than others; the south shore and Cape Cod being two of the hardest hit areas.
Treatment options do exist to help reduce this threat. The past year was one of the busiest ever for tree sprays performed by Burgess Pest Management, especially on the south shore. One of the keys for successful gypsy moth treatments in Massachusetts is the timing. Although there's a fairly wide window thats acceptable for a treatment to occur, the best results typically occur before the leaves have been significantly damaged in the growing season.