Is it just us, or does it seem like every year we emerge from winter, the rumblings start about how bad the ticks will be in the upcoming spring/summer? It almost becomes a "boy that cried wolf scenario" that you start to tune out. WELL HANG ON A SECOND.
Last year, we experienced a surge in the number of ticks in the northeast. It became prudent to keep lawns mowed frequently, and to check yourselves as well as the dog after sitting out by the fire, playing in the yard, gardening, etc. But 2017 is expected to be worse....this tick season has been 2 years in the making, and you should absolutely read on to find out why.
The Hudson River Valley experienced a mouse plague in 2016....
....Thanks in part to a boom in acorn production in 2015. This led to a plentiful food source for mice to store over the winter into 2016 - and that's not good, because mice carry the bacteria that causes Lyme. According to local Ecologists Rick Ostfeld and Felicia Keesing, who have studied Lyme for more than 20 years, there's an early warning system for upcoming Tick seasons. They can predict how many cases there will be a year in advance by looking at one key measurement: Count the mice the year before. Yikes. Check out their highly informative article by clicking here and heading to NPR.
We've responded to this unsettling news by bringing in Connecticut's own Tick Key. These babies can go right on your key chain, and according to their website, are 99.9% effective at removing all sizes and types of ticks from humans and pets. Also, please keep in mind that we carry all natural flea, tick, and mosquito repellents at the shop, from Ashwood Estates (click here to read a previous blog post about this product)
In addition to embedding the information used to draft this article, we've provided the links below. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley, but be safe out there!