Ticks are most active in the warm months of the year beginning in Spring (March) when people are in the garden or on camp sites and hiking trails.
As in spring and summer, ticks continue to hide in the grassy and wooded areas where they can find a warm blooded-mammal to feed. As long as the temperatures remain above freezing, tick movement will thrive.
In the fall, ticks will hide underneath logs and leaves to seek shelter and insulation. Therefore, homeowners that are piling firewood near houses should move the stack of fire logs to prevent ticks from reaching inside homes. They should also relocate leave piles and stop children and pets from jumping into the piles (sorry, guys).
When outside for long periods of time, outdoor enthusiasts should wear bright, long-sleeved clothing to easily spot ticks and wear tick repellent with DEET. Avoid applying tick repellents to the skin, only the clothing around the ankles, arms and neck. Lastly, perform a thorough tick check on people and pets at the end of activities.
Pennsylvania faces a pressing ecological threat that has nothing to do with birds, temperature or sprawling development.Chronic wasting disease is killing white-tailed and mule deer in 26 states and two Canadian provinces, and scientists don’t know how to slow its spread. Because it hasn’t infected humans, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and other wildlife agencies are [...]
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There are over 50 million homeless cats in the United States, some born into the wild. These free-roaming cats are known as feral cats. They are not like domestic cats. They have poor temperaments, are not socialized and carry diseases that are of concern to companion pet owners with domestic dogs, cats and children. To [...]
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Growing hemp on small scale farms is not like growing fruits or vegetables. There are regulations; seed varieties to consider and other steps needed to ensure a healthy and bountiful crop. Here are the top things to consider for beginners trying to grow hemp at home. Do your due diligence. Do you research and learn about [...]
With the legalization of cannabis across the country, more growers are learning how to grow cannabis and are taking advantage of the cash crop. What is the difference between marijuana and hemp? Both come from the cannabis plant; however, hemp contains less than .3% of THC. This means that the hemp flower will not give users [...]