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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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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Stephanie Lee, CFO of Noon Turf Care in Hudson, MA was nominated by the Boston Business Journal as a finalist as CFO of the Year for small companies in Boston, MA.
Stephanie has been the financial Controller for Noon Turf Care for the past eight years and she was named CFO in 2009. Under Stephanieâ€™s Leadership Noon Turf Care has grown from a five person start-up in 2006 to a 50+ employee operation servicing over 6,000 customers. She has led all of the financial initiatives for the company and carved out an entire department for the small start-up.
Boston Business Journalâ€™s 4th annual CFO of the Year Awards includes Five categories: publicly traded companies; large private companies (over $50 million in revenue); midsized private companies ($20 million to $50 million in revenue); small private companies (under $20 million in revenue) and nonprofit organizations. Honorees are selected based on their leadership and accomplishments in guiding their businessesâ€™ financial operations, as well as community involvement.
â€śEveryone at Noon Turf Care is very proud of Stephanieâ€™s nomination and no one deserves it more. Stephanie is a very modest person whoâ€™s financial skills and work ethic speak for themselves. She quietly leads by example at our company,â€ť says Matthew Noon, president of Noon Turf Care.
Stephanie is also passionate about volunteer and fundraising work outside of the company and has started and run several fundraiser organizations for cancer patients raising over $100,000 since starting them. Stephanie lives in Shirley, MA with her boyfriend Kevin and her golden retriever Jethro.