Drawing the lines in the Tick and Lyme disease battle
Deer tick that carry the bacteria Borrelia Burgdorferi can infect people with Lyme disease. Most, but not all, people will develop a bull’s-eye rash. Fever, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches can follow. Untreated, the infection can cause facial paralysis, heart palpitations, dizziness, other rashes, memory issues, and arthritis in large joints.
Life cycle of deer tick
A tick needs a blood meal to progress through each stage of its two-year life.
First year of the tick
May -June Adult females lay eggs and die.
July – Oct Larvae hatch and seek a blood meal, typically on a small rodent or bird. Larvae are born disease free and acquire pathogens from an infected host.
Oct – April Larvae molt into nymphs, stay dormant over winter.
Females typically lay 2,000-3,000 eggs in a leaf litter.
Second year of the tick
May – Sept Nymphs become active and try to grab hold of a passing person or animal. Ticks can detect hosts through odors, body heat, moisture, vibrations, and visual cues.When infected nymphs feed, bacteria can migrate from tick to host; in most cases the tick must be attached for at least 36 hours to transmit pathogens. After feeding, nymphs drop off and molt into adults.
Sept – Dec Females seek to feed once more before mating.
Jan – Feb Adults remain active all winter on warm days.
Mar.-April Adults that did not feed in the fall continue to seek a host.
FIRST BLOOD MEAL
White-footed mice often carry the Lyme bacteria.
SECOND BLOOD MEAL
Infected nymphs pass pathogens to humans.
THIRD BLOOD MEAL
A deer can carry a tick for miles.
SOURCES: TickEncounter.org, Kirby Stafford III, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station; US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and special thanks to DAVID BUTLER from the BOSTON GLOBE STAFF for posting this article.
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Dandelions are one of the most common lawn weeds in Massachusetts. As I walk my dog through my Worcester neighborhood or drive to work and really pay attention to what I see, I see lawns littered with dandelions. Odds are if your neighbor has dandelions, your lawn will be susceptible to its spread. Here is a neat little info-graphic (printer friendly!) that gives you some more information about this popular nuisance. Noon Turf Care’s customized 7-step lawn care service program includes carefully blended organic based fertilizers, pre-emergent crabgrass controls, and broadleaf weed controls to help these folks with their lawns. So hey you, reader… yea.. you… getting more information is easy, just submit a quote right there on the right side.
Deer ticks are aptly named, in a sense; a Northeastern deer can carry over 1,000 of these ticks on its body. But as far as humans are concerned, the ticks might be more relevantly called mouse ticks. Thatâ€™s because white-footed mice and other small mammals, not deer, are now known by scientists to be major carriers of Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is spreading in the Northeast and the Midwest, and according to the national Centers for Disease Control, the number of annual cases over the past decade has been increasing. However, no one is quite sure why. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers tried to figure out what is driving the proliferation of Lyme disease in human populations by studying populations patterns in animals that interact with ticks. Their study suggests that large predators like coyotes and foxes that arenâ€™t typically associated with Lyme disease transmission may have a big impact on the spread of the disease.
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Theyâ€™re coming for you again this summer. The grass-punishing Dog Days. The blazing sun and skimpy rain that sap your lawnâ€™s strength and swell your water bills.
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Over the past week, we have noticed a some reports of Dollar Spot in Massachusetts towns., specifically in towns like Waltham, Leominster, Shrewsbury, and Worcester.
You spend precious time and money making your lawn look perfect, but in a matter of days, lawn pests can undo all your hard work. Common lawn pests like chinch bugs and mole crickets can turn your lush green lawn into a disaster with yellow patches and dead grass. However, it doesnâ€™t have to be that way. If you suspect something is eating away at your grass, try a home test to see if one of the many common lawn pests is infiltrating your yard. A bucket of soapy water poured over a patch of your lawn will irritate the skin of bugs and bring them to the surface. Once you determine the cause, try a treatment plan to get rid of the pests. Of course, if you have a bigger problem on your hands call in the professionals..
Remember to take precautions when using at home pesticides and chemicals. They are often not safe for pets and may irritate a childâ€™s skin, and yours, if contact is made. Always use protective clothing when spraying chemicals. Keep pets and humans away from treated areas for at least 24 hours.
These simple tricks can help keep your lawn healthy and free of pests. Have a recurring problem? For a stress free way of eliminating bugs and keeping them away, call Noon Turf Care and have us routinely check and treat for problems.
Noon Turf Careâ€™s CFO and management team of 12 attended the Green Systems Annual Software conference where she was the keynote speaker. Stephanie Lee tells her inspiring life story where she overcame adversity and many challenges throughout her personal life and professional career to get to where she is today. She explains how she started at Noon Turf Care as an administrative assistant when Noon Turf was a small startup company with only 6 employees and worked her way up to CFO in 5 years where the company now employs over 50 professionals.
Lee was so successful early on at Noon Turf Care that owners Matt and Chris Noon offered to assist her in paying for her undergraduate degree to retain her employment at their company long-term. This past year Lee was named the CFO of the year by the Boston Business Journal.
Lee finished her speech by saying â€śThe advice I can give younger professionals looking to work their way up in a company is as difficulties arise, just remember youâ€™re stronger than you think you are. Never use the setbacks and losses in your life as a crutch.â€ť
Noon Turf Care and its team spent 3 days at the conference attending software training classes, networking and learning new techniques they could apply to further improve their company. Everyone had a great time learning new software updates, team building and enjoying the fantastic Florida weather.
About Noon Turf Care: Noon Turf Care was started in 2001 by brothers Christopher Noon, Seton Hall graduate class of 2000, and Matthew Noon, Boston College graduate class of 2002. It started as a small internet based Lawn Care Company that provides Massachusetts residences and businesses with fertilization services for lawns, trees and shrubs. Noon Turf care is a privately owned company that prides themselves on providing exceptional and personal service in an industry dominated by large national chains. Noon Turf Care services over 6,000 customers and has a team of over 50 lawn and horticulture specialists working for the company.
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Hudson, MA December 18, 2012 â€” Noon Turf Care Ranks in the Worcester Business Journal as #11 on its annual Top Growth Companies in Central MA, an exclusive ranking of Massachusettsâ€™ top growth private companies in 2012. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economyâ€”Massachusettsâ€™ independent-minded entrepreneurs.
â€śWe are honored to be listed as one of the WBJâ€™s Top Growth Companies in 2012. Needless to say, we are all very proud to be part of a growing organization that as a team pursuit the goal of excellence in the service industry. We are very proud of our team for achieving such growth in 2012 and we are grateful to have such a loyal customer base to achieve this recognition.â€ťsays Matthew Noon, President of Noon Turf Care.
Chris Noon (left) and Matthew Noon (right) stand in front of their fleet of service vehicles in early 2012.
Noon Turf Care is a privately owned Massachusetts based lawn care company that was founded in 2001 by brothers Christopher and Matthew Noon. Noon Turf Care offers chemical and organic fertilization services for lawns, trees and shrubs for residential and commercial customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Noon prides itself on delivering exceptional customers service and the highest quality products in an industry dominated by large national publicly traded companies. Noon has a staff of over 50 horticultural specialists and is the largest privately owned lawn care company in the state with over 6,000 customers and projected revenues of 5 million dollars in 2012.
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