Think Spring also means tick & mosquito season is here in MA and the East Coast!
Thanks to the @BostonGlobe and industry experts at U Mass Amherst and Mahoney Garden Center Boston for these helpful tips to protect against lyme disease and keep your yard tick free! Warmer weather means tick prevention long pants, apply repellent and regular tick checks. Also prevent tick friendly yards and habitats!
Take an integrated approach! Have a happy healthy spring season from all at Cape Cod All Natural offering bug repellent solutions for people and furry pet friends.
By Alex Frandsen GLOBE CORRESPONDENT MARCH 10, 2017
There’s a lot to like about spring, obviously. You can tuck your coats and boots away, Fenway Park lights up again, and walks along the Charles go from being torturous escapades to enjoyable strolls.
But, as with everything else in life, there’s a downside. In this case, a blood-sucking one: the beginning of tick season.
The parasites reenter our lives as the weather warms up, and they bring Lyme disease with them, infecting thousands across the region every year. Massachusetts ranks behind only Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey in confirmed Lyme disease cases, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control.
“Massachusetts has a very high burden [of the disease],” explained Dr. Catherine Brown, state public health veterinarian. “It’s one of the only states where we consider the disease to be totally endemic, meaning we see it across the whole commonwealth.”
Making a run for the state line won’t be of much help either, as the disease has flourished with increased tick populations in nearly all of New England and much of the East Coast. There’s nowhere to hide. So, your best bet is to take precautions.
You probably know the standard tick prevention protocol: Wear long pants (tucked into socks is preferable; you’ll just have to deal with looking dorky), always apply insect repellent, and do regular tick checks when returning from an outdoor excursion. But there’s another way to do battle with ticks: landscaping of your yard in a way that repells them in the first place.
Ticks thrive in certain habitats, according to Dr. Stephen Rich, a microbiology professor at UMass Amherst who also oversees the group TickReport. Ticks particularly like taller grass, so if you want to keep the insects (and Lyme disease) away from your home, the first step is to make sure you trim your lawn regularly.
“We know that ticks don’t like well-manicured lawns,” said Rich.
Ticks are also fans of leaf litter, bushes, and damp wood piles. Keeping all of that off your lawn can mitigate the risk of the parasite hitching a ride on an unwitting host. Maintaining a border around your lawn can also help.
“It’s recommended to consider putting a 3-foot-wide barrier of pebbles or mulch along the perimeter of the yard,” explained Brown. “That might help add a buffer zone.”
But keeping ticks away isn’t always quite that simple.
“The problem is that [ticks] don’t move all by themselves,” said Brown. “You also have to do things like plant deer-resistant plants, and make sure your bird feeder isn’t in the middle of the yard. Birds drop seeds, which attract rodents, and rodents attract a lot of ticks.”
That idea of minimizing the presence of tick-carrying animals is a crucial measure to keep your property safe. After all, it doesn’t matter how short a lawn is if there are tick-laden rodents scurrying around. That’s why you might want to avoid stone walls in your yard, which are havens for mice, according to Rich. And think about planting butterfly bushes. Deer tend to avoid the plants, making them a solid choice in ornamentals.
Picking up a “tick tube” might not be a bad idea either. The tubes are essentially “toilet paper tubes stuffed with cotton balls that are coated in Permethrin,” said James Redding, a barn manager at Mahoney’s Garden Center. Mice naturally take the cotton for use in their nests, and the Permethrin, which is a mild insecticide, rubs off on them and keeps ticks at bay. The technology is EPA-approved and biodegradable. If the mice don’t get ticks, there’s less of a chance the little bugs will find their way to you.
In the war against the eight-legged invaders, though, a homeowner must stay vigilant on all fronts.
“It’s important to have an integrated approach,” said Rich. “None of these [tips] should keep you from doing nightly tick checks or from wearing insect repellant. Throwing your clothes in the dryer for five minutes after being outdoors can also help, since the heat kills ticks.”
And it really should be remembered that there’s no real way to banish ticks from an area.
“You can reduce the risk, but you’re never going to eliminate all the risk. It’s a management problem and there’s no way to guarantee a tick-free yard,” Rich said. “Unless you pave your whole lawn.”
Traveling this winter? Tips from the CDC on avoiding Mosquito & Tick Bites #traveltips #bugrepellent
Here are a few travel friendly tips from the Center for Disease Control to prevent bug bites. Cape Cod All Natural insect repellents are made with Oil of lemon eucalyptus! Safe happy travels from all of us at Cape Cod Naturals - makes of innovative bug, mosquito & tick repellent products.
Prevent Bug Bites
Bugs (including mosquitoes, ticks, and some flies) can spread diseases (including Zika, dengue, and Lyme disease), many of which cannot be prevented or treated with a vaccine or medicine. Reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.
Cover Exposed Skin
As much as possible, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and a hat. Tuck your shirt into your pants, and tuck your pants into your socks for maximum protection. Some bugs, such as tsetse flies, can bite through thin fabric.
Avoid Bugs Where You Are Staying
Choose hotel rooms or other accommodations that are air conditioned or have good window and door screens so bugs can’t get inside.
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"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it will help fishermen impacted by the monument designation with existing federal programs:
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Cape Cod All Natural Repellents sharing recent WBUR On Point interview with Dr. Vivek Murthy, the U.S. Surgeon General. Dr Murthy stated that prevention is critical to avoiding the Zika virus.
The following Zika Prevention Recommendations were discussed:
Our customers say Cape Cod All Natural mosquito & tick repellents “create a shield” to prevent mosquito bites. Cape Cod All Natural recommends reapplying (natural) repellent often and taking other steps to help stay safe and bug free.
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Cape Cod All Natural are among 8+ sustainable businesses featured that value quality over quantity, sustainability, local items, minimalism, and economic responsibility. Cape Cod Naturals will display our safe, non-toxic, family and pet safe natural bug mosquito & tick repellent products for sale and is donating a $50 Cape Cod All Natural repellent gift pack to the Tiny House Festival Raffle .The TINY House event is a chance to learn about TINY Living options and thinking about living small and sustainably and to showcase regional businesses focused on eco living and sustainability. Attendees can tour five locally made Tiny Houses, meet Tiny House experts and local businesses focused on eco living and sustainability.
Local to Boston? Come by the 2nd Big TINY House Festival Saturday, July 16, 12-6 p.m., the Umbrella Community Arts Center, 40 Stow St., Concord MA. Cape Cod All Natural repellent products will be available at the event - Special Farmer's Market and non-profit price or you can buy Cape Cod Naturals bug repellent products online .
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5 Healthy Tips to Repel Bugs & Mosquitos Naturally this Summer #repellent #ticks #mosquitos #natural
1. Use natural mosquito & tick repellent made with Oil of Eucalyptus –approved by the EPA as a safe effective non-toxic alternative to DEET.
2. Treat your clothes with mosquito repelling essential oil dryer sheets– socks, pants (even sneakers).
3. Protect your family by keeping your dogs & pets free from ticks - that can attach to your pets & come into your homes without an invitation.
4. Keep your yard free of standing water and piles of leaves & brush, which attract bugs & ticks.
5. Pack Cape Cod All Natural bug repellent in your Summer beach, camp or outdoor bag!
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Enjoy the Outdoors & Have a Happy Healthy Summer! Your Friends at Cape Cod All Natural
Consumer Reports recently tested natural mosquito & tick repellents and found only one type of natural bug repellent was effective. The test found mosquito & tick repellents containing lemon eucalyptus oil (OLE) is effective at repelling mosquitos.
At Cape Cod All Natural we agree with Consumer Reports recent finding. Our all natural repellents use several types of natural plant oil of lemon eucalyptus as its active ingredient. We use a special proprietary form of organic eucalyptus in a pure oil without any fillers --so require less than the 30% level tested in the study. The length of time that it is effective depends on several factors some of which are; humidity, heat, the carrier oils and the base. Pure essential oils are too strong and must be mixed with a base. We use Aloe in our sunscreen repellent products which is good for your skin and extends the time of effectiveness. All repellents are most effective the first hour or so, so it’s best to re-apply.
Cape Cod All Naturals mosquito & tick bug repellent products are now available Online and at select Cape and Easter MA retailers.
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Learn how to check yourself, your kids and your pets for ticks. This video from Tick Man Dan provides you with great tips on preventing tick bites and tick-borne illness like Lyme disease. https://youtu.be/WQb7yuIcr_I
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