The Tick That Keeps on Ticking, and Other Maine Winter Pests

(This was a marketing prompt I had to write for a job interview)

The Tick That Keeps on Ticking, and Other Maine Winter Pests

The days are getting shorter, nights are getting colder, and warm weather thoughts turn to snowflakes and holidays. But one thing that doesn’t change with the season is the need for professional pest control.

The many creepy crawlers (and fliers) that we battle during the warm Maine seasons can be equally as bothersome in the winter, but many go unseen. The truth is, Maine winters are just as problematic for pests as our warmer months.

Pests That Still “Bug” us During Winter

Some pests “overwinter,” which is a form of hibernation that allows them to survive until warmer weather.

·        Female mosquitos
·        Certain varieties of spiders
·        Stink bugs
Some pests do not overwinter, and die off in the cold. However, these pests lay eggs that survive until spring, and others survive as larvae or pupa during the winter.
·        Mosquitos
·        Crickets
·        Certain varieties of spiders
·        Moths
·        Stinging insects

And then there are the persistent and hardy bugs that survive all winter long!

·        Ticks
·        Other varieties of spiders
·        Bedbugs
·        Fleas
·        Ants
·        Cockroaches
·        Termites

As the temperature drops, termites, ants, cockroaches, and spiders all burrow further into walls, floors, ceilings, and insulation. This makes them considerably more difficult to locate. It can also cause more household damage than during the warmer seasons.

Fleas and bedbugs are year-round, and home remedies often treat the symptoms, but not the cause. Even though you may have taken precautionary measures, bed bugs and fleas can still permeate your home by coming in on household guests (both human and animal), and by thriving through eggs and larvae not eliminated by store-bought or natural home remedies.

Maine Winter Ticks That Keep on Ticking

Perhaps Maine’s most persistent and worrisome pests are ticks. More than a dozen species of ticks have been discovered in Maine, bringing the spread of diseases including Leptospirosis, Babesiosis, Powassan Encephalitis, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, and the most common and plaguing tick-borne disease, Lyme.

Ticks are most active and abundant during spring, summer, and fall, and some die off when the temperatures dip below freezing. However, many survive by burrowing under leaves and brush, often receiving extra protection from the insulating snow. Others survive by attaching to unsuspecting hosts like deer, mice, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, and other active winter animals.
These survivors are still a threat to those of us that spend any time outdoors during the winter. And they can still hitch a ride into our homes with the dog or cat, or the many rodents that seek refuge in our homes during the cold weather.

Mice and Rats and Squirrels, Oh My!
Warmer months find us battling mosquitos, blackflies, ticks, hornets, and all the other creepy crawly bugs of sunny weather. During these warmer seasons, we often forget about the cute little buggers who are busy frolicking about and enjoying the outdoors as much as we are.
Mice, squirrels, rats, raccoons, and other rodents all become more of a nuisance as the weather turns colder. Even those that sleep for long periods will still come out during mild winter days in search of more glamorous living arrangements. They seek out the tiniest openings, cracks, and crevices in our homes in order to find shelter and a source of food and water. An all-time favorite nesting place is in that stored away box of holiday decorations!

How Maine Superior Pest Solutions Will Help

Maine Superior Pest Solutions provides exceptional and effective pest control services from Caribou to Kittery. For over ten years, we have been successfully saving Maine’s families and homes from year-round pest peril. We provide guaranteed relief from indoor and outdoor pest nuisances.

Maine Superior Pest Solutions will inspect your home and property for obvious (and not-so-obvious) risks and invasions. We will pest-proof your home and property, and treat and eliminate any active infestations.

Some services we provide include:

·        Sealing cracks in foundations
·        Repairing any holes or gaps in siding
·        Installing weather stripping
·        Sealing utility openings (dryer vents, cable/electric wires, pipes, receptacles)
·        Caulking cracks around windows, doors, fascia boards
·        Installing door sweeps or thresholds at the base of all exterior entry doors
·        Repairing holes or tears in window and door screens
·        Applying an insecticide barrier around the home and outbuildings
·        Treating and eliminating present infestations, inside and out, with the most effective industry tools and traps, and customer’s choice of chemical or all-natural insecticides

Our technicians will work around your busy schedule and can often provide same or next day service. We are even available for vermin emergencies!

Maine Superior Pest Solutions promises an as-estimated price, with no hidden fees or charges. Call us today for your free estimate, and to ensure a Holiday Season free from unwelcomed guests!


This was a marketing prompt for a fictitious company- Maine Superior Pest Solutions. Suggested title was Winter Pest Outlook for South Portland. Included are my alternative title ideas.

The Birds and the Bees; the Truth About Maine Winter Pests
Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite; Help for Maine Winter Pests
Quiet as a Mouse; Maine’s Unsuspecting Winter Pests
Ants in Your Pants and Other Maine Winter Pests
Bug Off! Battling Maine’s Winter Pests