Temperatures are rising and ticks, mosquitoes and earwigs will soon be making the scene here in New England. Warm temperatures combined with steady rain showers and fast melting snow creates the perfect breeding grounds for these unwanted pests. Although we Had a brief cold snap in the beginning of winter, a longer duration of extreme cold is needed to influence and limit reproduction. Early spring temperatures are causing ticks and mosquitoes to be active now and get a head start in breeding, causing a boom of development in the months to come.
Although we have no cure-all solution for the control and reproduction of these pests, we can limit the presence and reproduction in our own landscapes.
Know your adversary. Understand rodents habits and how ticks can be transferred into your home. With acorns in abundance and warm temperatures mice, chipmunks and other host rodents will be out feeding. These ticks than attach to the host rodents as well as cat's, dogs and horses and starts feeding and potentially infecting the host with disease. These ticks than get carried into new locations through pets, clothing and mice and make way into your home or back yard.
Get a plan. Resolution can be found in the above mentioned steps but may need additional sources to help limit and control mosquitoes and ticks this year. Perimeter applications can be applied throughout the year or for special events to give you the added comfort in knowing your family and guests are safe. Larva applications can be applied to standing water to limit reproduction and invasion of your space. Bait traps can be installed twice per year to help limit the spread of disease and ticks. These traps allow the rodent to go in and feed while a wick applies a small dose of tick preventer onto the rodent. These traps are animal and child safe and is just isolated to keep ticks from making a host and reproducing. There is also many plants and organic sprays that can be implemented in your landscape which help. keep pests at bay.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our Integrated Pest Management please feel free to give us a call.