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Tick Movement In Winter

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Outdoor enthusiasts may be under the impression that once the temperatures drop, and snow is on the ground, that ticks must be a thing of the past - unfortunately, they are mistaken. 

As long as temperatures stay above freezing at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, ticks will remain a concern. In the fall and winter seasons, ticks will be found in grassy and wooded areas and underneath leaves and tree logs for shelter and insulation. It is advised that homeowners move firewood and leaf piles away from homes to prevent ticks from crawling inside homes - potentially attacking people and pets. 

Deer are the number one carriers of ticks with Lyme Disease in the United States; and it is suggested by wildlife experts to install deer fencing around yards to keep away whitetails for tick management. When outside, carry a tick remover tool for ease of tick removal, too.

Gardening Tasks In April

Now that spring is here, gardeners are excited to feel warmer weather and get started on planting crops in the garden including carrots,onions, peppers, tomatoes and an array of leafy greens. But, before planting, there are many gardening tasks this April that must be performed to guarantee healthy growing cycles. Here is what needs to [...]

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Dare To Plant Flowers For Birds?

At first, gardeners that plant flowers for birds, such as cardinals, finches and chickadees may think they are doing a great service. After all, birds need to eat, too; and the early bird doesn't always have to eat a worm. But, if gardeners aren't careful, they may discover that birds aren't the only animals visiting [...]

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Who First Spread Lyme Disease?

It's easy enough for us to point the finger at the white-tailed deer; but history shows that deer herds are not responsible for the spread of ticks and Lyme Disease. The white-footed mouse carries the Lyme Disease bacterium; and it is suggested that the mice spread this popular vector disease from ticks over to birds. Birds, being [...]

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Fall Time To Build a Deer Fence

October Gardening Tip: This month is the time to install deer management solutions such as deer fencing to protect plants. Once the leaves fall from the trees, and the temperatures drop, deer will become desperate for food. They will surely learn that there aren't opportunities in the forest to satisfy their cravings and thus, will [...]

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