Ticks are blood feeding parasites that can significantly impact the quality of life and health of humans and their pets. There are three tick species in Ohio that are medically important as they can transmit diseases. They are called hard ticks because they have a hard plate on the surface below their mouths.
American Dog Tick
-prefer grassy areas
-largest tick, 3/16” unfed
-active during Spring & Summer
-can transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Blacklegged Tick (Deer Tick)
-recently emerged in Ohio as serious pest
-mostly in forested areas
-small, 1/16” unfed
-can be active all year, depending on temperature
-can transmit Lyme disease
Lone Star Tick
-more in Southern Ohio, but found in all counties
-mostly in shaded areas
-can transmit human monocytic ehrlichiosis & southern tick associated rash illness
The question remains: how to you protect yourself and your family against these vile creatures? There are many options out there. First, apply a bug repellent. And make sure it is at least 25% Deet in order to repel ticks. Wear light colored clothing to make it easier to find ticks. Long sleeved shirts and pants are good too. Check yourself for ticks and remove them immediately. Keep your yard mowed. Don’t allow brush or leaf litter to accumulate. If you have any rodents living inside or near your house, get rid of them as they may be hosting ticks. If you have any tried and true methods, be sure to let us know! We’d love to hear your suggestions.
I don’t know about you all, but the mosquitoes at our house have been atrocious this year. They are plentiful and they are voracious – my poor 8 year old is mosquito attractant and they enjoy feasting on her.
Mosquitoes belong to the same family as flies. They have a single pair of wings and their bodies are covered in tiny scales. And they feast on blood.
They breed in standing water so properties near ponds, marshes or depressions that collect water are at risk. Some are active at different times of the day but most emerge just before dusk and are active at night.
Mosquitoes can transmit several dangerous diseases, including Zika virus, West Nile and several kinds of encephalitis. The CDC states that the number of illnesses caused by mosquito bites tripled between 2004 and 2016. They are not going away but getting worse!
Now, some good news – mosquitoes can’t fly very far or very fast. Most mosquitoes can fly no more than about 1-3 miles, and often stay within several hundred feet of where they were hatched. The top speed for a mosquito is about 1.5 miles per hour.
So how do we combat these little suckers without dousing ourselves in Deet every time we go outside? You can reduce standing water on your property or treat it. The best way we’ve found so far is to spray your property – you can either do it yourself or hire someone. There are some natural alternatives out there that seem to work well. What ways do you use to rid your property of mosquitoes?
We are gearing up to start our aeration and overseeding this year. Our plan is to be coming through the week of September 11th. If you haven’t already done so but would like to call us about being put on the route this year, there is still time. This year we are going to be trying some new equipment that does not pull a plug like usual. This piece of equipment uses tines that penetrate into the soil and loosens the soil beneath the grass without bringing up the traditional plug.
For the people who have chosen to have their lawns overseeded as well, this machine handles that too. The seed drops down from the container and into the holes that are made so there is immediate seed/soil contact. We are excited to try out this piece of equipment and are expecting great results.
I have been asked why aeration and overseeding are important to do. The main benefit of aeration is to reduce soil compaction which can result in thicker, more drought tolerant turf. By loosening the soil, you make it easier for the roots to push deeper into the soil. Overseeding should be done on yards that are looking thin or show severe stress from Summer drought. This helps thicken up the turf as well. Thicker turf in turn makes it harder for weeds to get a start in your lawn. If you have any question on either of these services, please just let us know.