Given the rather dramatic change in weather recently and evidenced by the number of phone calls the Insecta X office is already receiving, it looks likely Tick Season will begin early in 2018. Given the dangers of tick born disease, clients want us to start treatments early this year. If you are interested in learning more about our services, contact our office to set up a free estimate, 203-938-3595. Let us help you keep your family and pets safe. Discounts available for new customers and referrals from current customers. – Rocco Cambareri, President Insecta X LLC, Total Pest Control Solutions
A Good Read….. see the article below…..
Can’t we at least tell you that the “bomb cyclone” killed off some ticks?
Put a deer tick — the kind that carries the bacteria that causes Lyme disease — in a freezer overnight, and that sucker will die. But give it a night outside in well below freezing temperatures under some snow, and in the morning its writhing, living body will greet you. Dr. Mather demonstrated this during the recent cold snap.
In the Northeast, adult deer tick populations start peaking after the first frost: “Right away they’re sort of showing, ‘I’m not afraid of the cold,’” said Dr. Mather. That’s because they have survival tricks.
A tick dies moving from a warm room to a freezer because water in its cells freezes, crystallizes and breaks its cell membranes. But ticks acclimate outside where temperature changes more gradually. With time, they move water out of their cells before it ruptures them. Other outdoor critters can produce antifreeze proteins. Ticks also escape cold temperatures by insulating themselves beneath a blanket of leaf litter and snow.
Polar vortex, bomb cyclone, cold snap — whatever you call it — it hasn’t affected spring tick populations before, and it probably won’t now, according to Dr. Mather.
“These bugs have been around longer than people, and they probably have gone through cold temperatures before,” Dr. Mather said. If they hadn’t survived, “we would have called them extinct.”