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Could the Warm Weather Be a Sign Of A Bad Tick Season?

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The recent warm weather could be a sign of a bad tick season in the spring.The weather we’ve had these past few days was much warmer than it should be and because of that ticks could start coming out.“We like to hike. We like to be outdoors,” Christine Walsh, Averill Park [...]

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Common Ticks in Pennsylvania

Currently, more than 25 tick species have been identified in Pennsylvania; but of these, four species of ticks account for nearly 90 percent of all submissions to be identified by doctors. The four common ticks of Pennsylvania include: The Black-legged Tick, The American Dog Tick, The Lone Star Tick, and the Ground Hog Tick. Ticks stay [...]

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Today is Canada's Agriculture Day!

"Let's Celebrate the Food We Love" is the theme for February 16, 2017 Canada's Agriculture Day.Today is all about showing our love and pride for the farming industry and expressing our gratitude for the food we put on the table. “Every link in the food production chain – from the farm to the grocery store [...]

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Keep Out Deer: Use Predator Urine in the Garden

In the wild, the relationship between predator and prey is common and allows animals to mark their territory. Gardeners who use predator pee are saving their organic gardens from wildlife. With predator urine, deer sniff out the scent of one of their predators such as the coyote and wolf; and they think twice about pursing [...]

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Lyme Disease-Carrying Ticks Found In These U.S. Counties

Lyme Disease alone has tripled in the United States over the last two decades making this tick-borne disease the leading vector-borne disease reported in the Northern Hemisphere. The number of reported vector disease cases has risen significantly over the past 20 years in the United States plaguing approximately 300,000 individuals annually.  Now, 45.7 percent of all [...]

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Ticks Survive Better In This Type of Environment

In a recent study on ticks published in the journal PLoS One, it has been determined that ticks will survive better under environmentally-realistic conditions in southern environments due to the warmer climate. "Researchers hypothesize that host-seeking nymphs in southern populations of Ixodes scapularis remain below the leaf litter surface, while northern nymphs seek hosts on [...]

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This State Reports the Most Cases of Lyme Disease

Pennsylvania has reported the most Lyme Disease cases for 10 consecutive years; and 2016 topped over 12,000 cases alone according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.There were 9000 cases in Pennsylvania in 2015. “Temperature-wise, it’s right, geography is right, and the difficulty is not always knowing that you have been bitten by that [...]

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Pennsylvania Deer Test Positive For Chronic Wasting Disease

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced Friday a captive deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease, marking the first new case in a captive deer farm since 2014.The 4-year-old deer was harvested from a hunting preserve in Franklin County in November. Samples from the animal tested positive for CWD at the [...]

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January is Train Your Dog Month

Bringing home a new puppy is similar to bringing home a newborn baby. It isn't a walk in the park; and it can present challenges that you were not prepared for when you first saw those adoring puppy eyes. This is why The Association of Professional Dog Trainers designates January to be Train Your Dog [...]

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Strategies for Winter Garden Protection

It's a new year; and what better way to move forward than with a well-cared-for organic vegetable garden? Eating organically isn't just good for you and your family; but it is good for your pocket book. By growing your own vegetables and fruits, you are turning a hobby into a daily lifestyle. Did you know [...]

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