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Common fall pest invaders in Massachusetts

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.

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By Admin | Sep 18, 2017 10:06:13 AM | 0 Comments Read More

Gypsy moth caterpillar damage in Massachusetts

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. 

By Admin | Sep 1, 2017 2:43:35 PM | 0 Comments Read More

Summer mouse activity in Massachusetts

Is August too soon for a mouse problem?

Each season, we can count on certain insects and other pests to become active in our area. Ants are more active beginning May, mosquitoes are biting in July, and rodents typically become a bit more active in the fall. But summer mouse activity in Massachusetts is not uncommon. 

By Admin | Aug 7, 2017 9:28:23 AM | 0 Comments Read More

Why do ants come inside during the summer?

You're cooking dinner in your kitchen, when all of a sudden you notice an ant walking across your counter top. You squash it and get back to cooking, when out of the corner of your eye, you notice 

By Admin | Aug 3, 2017 10:53:53 AM | 0 Comments Read More

Late summer bee season in Massachusetts has arrived

Why are bees in Massachusetts so active late summer?

You're hanging out in your backyard, lounging by the pool, or maybe trying to enjoy a late summer barbeque, but you're attacked by bees. This is such a common scenario that we've come to expect at this time of year. Yes, late summer bee season in Massachusetts has arrived. But why? 

Bees won't buzz off in August and September because they're extremely active foraging for nectar from blooming plants. This is critical for bees because they'll need to gather enough to store for the winter, in order for their colony to survive. Nectar is a form of carbohydrates, while pollen is a protein that allows bees to thrive. 

By Admin | Aug 2, 2017 9:06:37 AM | 0 Comments Read More

How to inspect for bed bugs

Massachusetts bed bug alert

Summer travel season is an important time to be aware of the risks posed by bed bugs. Whether you're staying in a hotel, Airbnb, bed and breakfast, or any other type of accommodations, you should know how to inspect for bed bugs. 

By Admin | Jul 27, 2017 11:23:12 AM | 0 Comments Read More

Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers

Check for bed bugs!

If you've done any traveling this summer, you've probably had the thought cross your mind that bed bugs could be lurking in your hotel room. But that's only half the concern. Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers, and that's often how people bring them home, like an unwanted house guest. 

By Admin | Jul 24, 2017 11:13:16 AM | 0 Comments Read More

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