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Never ending, at least not ending for the foreseeable future, is humanity’s quest to keep deer (adorable as they may be) from chewing and biting on and bespoiling the plants and shrubs in our yard and place of business – and to keep away from us mosquitoes and ticks, both which can carry and transmit Lyme disease, and other diseases, to humans, pets, and livestock.
Of course, ticks feed on warm-blooded hosts, including humans and cats and dogs, horses, cows, and rodents (including squirrels, chipmunks, and mice) … and, yes, deer, which is another reason to keep them off your property.
Starting in the beginning of May and running through the end of July is the three-month period of the year that, in much higher numbers than any other three-month period of the year, people will be bit by ticks.
Okay, on the tick front, ohDEER spied an interesting and important news story published May 18 at the website of NBC News Today.
Written by Linda Carroll, the story is titled, “Is there really a ‘big epidemic’ of tick diseases? CDC warns about 7 new viruses”. And here is the subtitle – the unsettling subtitle – of the story: “Experts say we can expect each tick season to be worse than the last.”
Following are the first four paragraphs of the story:
“A recent afternoon walk turned into a tick attack for a Massachusetts man.
“As community forester Derek Lirange was hiking around the Tower Hill Botanic Gardens in Worcester on May 16, he spotted a few ticks on his pants. Within a few more minutes, there were five or six more ticks, followed by more and more. By the end of the hike, he counted 26 ticks.
“’I hadn’t taken every precaution, such as spraying with insect repellent, but I was wearing long pants and socks,’ the 26-year-old told TODAY. ‘It was a creepy, ongoing discovery.’
“Luckily, none had embedded. But the spike of the tick population in the gardens led to the cancellation of a spring walk around the reservoir.”
Please click here to be taken to the story.
Yes, those ticks … those tiny arachnids … aren’t going away anytime soon.
Ms. Carroll writes that among the main reasons that tick populations are booming are warming temperatures, and also the rise in numbers of rodents and deer – with deer blood being the favorite food source of ticks.
And the story also offers hope, describing the efforts of science to develop ways to control and keep down the tick populations.
Mentioned in the story are control tactics that involve getting rodents to ingest tick-killing substances which they will pass on to ticks. Actually, in a post, dated June 27, 2016, on this blog, we discussed tick tubes, which are a method that people now use to transfer tick poison from rodents, and rodent nests, to the arachnid pests. If you click here you will be taken to the post.
For sure, in the broader scheme of life and things and the planet – and surely in the Northeastern U.S., which is ohDEER country – there are going to be lots and lots of ticks – and it seems, unfortunately, that the tick baby boom could continue for several years.
But please know this – even if the tick population rockets – ohDEER has the services and the solutions to prevent ticks from making it on to your property. Ticks can live elsewhere.