Where do Ticks Go in the Winter?

We recently enlightened you as to where mosquitoes go in the winter, but what about ticks? Most people associate ticks with the warm weather and often take precautions while outside during the spring and summer months. However, ticks don’t actually die out in the winter and, depending on the species, may be active in optimal winter weather conditions. 

Do Ticks Hibernate?

 Not in the exact sense of the word, but some ticks survive the winter by going dormant. Ticks will hide in piles of dead leaves and in wooded areas during the winter. Snow actually helps to insulate the ticks and keep them warm as they lay dormant. Other ticks will survive the winter by latching onto a host or staying underground in burrows or dens. 

 Can Ticks Bite in the Winter?

 Yes, some types of ticks, like the Blacklegged tick, can be active in the winter if the temperature is above freezing and the ground is thawed. Winter ticks, a specific kind of tick found on moose and some deer, actually hatch in the late summer as temperatures begin to fall, will latch onto a host, and will overwinter on it. Females will leave a host at the end of winter and lay eggs. However, those that do not find a host will die and will not last through the winter.  

 How Can You Prepare Now?

 Spring is right around the corner which means that those ticks that have been lying dormant are ready to rock and roll. Follow these simple tips to prepare you property against ticks: 

1.   Rid your yard of any leaf litter, weeds, brush, or wood piles

2.   Move wood piles away from your house and keep swing sets or toys away from wooded perimeters 

3.   Keep your pets out of the woods

4.   Call Mosquito Busters at 877-486-9792 and visit our websitefor more information on how we can help! 

New Year, New Office!

 

If you follow us on Facebook (and now Instagram!), you may have heard that we are getting ready to move into a brand new office space in Merrimac, MA! We have loved our little space in Topsfield, MA over the past twenty-five years but as business has grown, so has our staff, and our needs. We’re pleased to announce that our new location will be open as very soon! Stop by to say and hi and to check out our state-of-the-art facilities! 

In addition to requiring more space for our growing company (and for that, we have YOU to thank!), our primary reason for moving was to be able to provide our technicians with the best training in the business. Our new location will allow us to offer continuing education, support, and guidance to our technicians, staff, and colleagues. We’ve installed a classroom with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, a mock bedroom to help refresh seasoned technicians and train new technicians on our bed bug eradication techniques, as well as a mock residential kitchen to provide training on common insects like ants, cockroaches, and mice. That’s not all! We will also have a mock commercial kitchen set up specifically for training our technicians on what to look for in restaurants and food processing plants. Finally, our new facility also has a fantastic outdoor area to teach and practice treating against mosquitoes and ticks.  

No matter our location, Mosquito Busters is the leader in tick and mosquito control in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. We have developed tried-and-true methods of mosquito and tick control in both traditional and organic treatment form. Treatments tend to be more affordable than most customers expect, and both types are effective for discouraging pests from reproducing on land that would otherwise tempt them to build generations of families.

Call Mosquito Busters at 877-486-9792 and visit our website or more information on how we can help! 

Where Do Mosquitoes Go in the Winter?

Ever wonder where mosquitoes go during the winter and why they’re not biting? Many people are under the assumption that mosquitoes simply die as the temperatures drop but this is not the case! The answer is actually quite interesting and proves that the mosquito is a resilient little insect. 

Do Mosquitoes Hibernate?

Male mosquitoes have a lifespan of only about a week and a half and die after mating in the fall. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in the fall in areas where the ground is wet and moist or in stagnant water. They then become inactive during the winter months, similar to how bears hibernate. The already laid eggs lay dormant in the soil and freezing water until conditions become more favorable for hatching. Those that live in regions where the temperatures get below freezing, like in New England, will delay their development until the weather warms up. This process is called diapause. Once the weather is warmed up those eggs will continue development and will begin to hatch. 

Why Don’t They Bite During the Winter?

In addition to being dormant, mosquitoes simply don’t need to bite humans during the winter months. The reason female mosquitoes bite in the first place is because they need the protein in human blood to assist in egg production, which is not happening in winter. Once spring arrives, though, those previously laid eggs begin to hatch, and females prepare for reproduction. This is when we begin to notice their arrival and their bothersome bites. 

How Can You Prepare Now?

Now that you know more about the habits of mosquitoes in the winter, here are some simple tips to prepare your property to keep them at bay this spring: 

1.     Remove any stagnant water from your property that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes

2.     Unclog gutters and repair leaky pipes to allow for proper drainage 

3.     Call Mosquito Busters at 877-486-9792 and visit our website for more information on how we can help! 

 

 

Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease

We all know that ticks carry some pretty unpleasant diseases and Lyme disease is probably the most notorious. In recent years, the cases of Lyme disease has been rising and is a nationwide issue. Even though, there are still a great deal of myths and misunderstandings surrounding the signs and symptoms the disease. We’re here to set the record straight – read on to learn more about the actual signs and symptoms of Lyme disease.

Mosquito Borne Diseases

Mosquito Borne Diseases

Summertime means lots of lazy days hanging outside, barbecues with friends, and walks in the woods. However, with the good comes the bad, and mosquitoes can really put a damper on your summertime fun. Not only are mosquitoes annoying and apt to leave you with itchy, red welts, but they can also carry and transmit some pretty unpleasant diseases. Read on to learn about five of them:

Lyme Disease is on the Rise

Lyme Disease is on the Rise

If you’ve been paying attention to the news in recent weeks, you’ve probably heard a lot of discussion surrounding Lyme disease. The occurrences of Lyme disease, a disease that is spread by ticks, have been steadily rising across the country in recent years. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the number of actual cases is as much as ten times higher than what is being reported. This is partially because the symptoms of Lyme disease can mimic those of other illnesses, making it difficult to diagnose.

Tick-borne Diseases

Tick-borne Diseases

After a long and cold winter, Spring has finally arrived here in New England. Even though we are glad to see the sun and the arrival of warmer temperatures, springtime also means the return of ticks. It’s very likely that you, or someone you know, has found a tick on themselves or their pet, and possibly even contracted Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease, but did you know that ticks also spread several other kinds of illnesses? Read on to learn more:

Repelling Mosquitoes: What Works and What Doesn’t

Repelling Mosquitoes: What Works and What Doesn’t

Finding the perfect insect repellant becomes almost an obsession in the heat and humidity of summertime, when mosquitoes are at their most active stage. Unfortunately there are lots of products out there that promise to do the trick but are actually little more than gimmicks. Here are a few to avoid: