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Take The Bite Out Of Your Backyard

We all want to enjoy the great outdoors, but it’s no fun when you’re pestered by
biting mosquitoes, some of which can carry disease. Here are some easy steps
you can take to help reduce conditions in your yard that breed these pests.
Mosquitoes lay eggs in still, standing water. These eggs hatch into larvae, which
turn into biting adults. This whole process from egg to adult might take only
seven days! Even a teaspoon of water is enough for pests to breed. That’s why it’s
important to tip over items that collect water and prevent standing water from
accumulating around your home.

Click here for tips to reduce your backyard pests!

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Tick-borne illnesses soar in Tennessee

As of mid-May there have been 74 cases in Tennessee of people getting sick from tick-borne illness. Six in Davidson County and 15 in surrounding counties. This is a three fold increase from the same period a year ago. Use insect repellents with DEET on your skin and clothing to protect you from tick bites. Keeping your grass mowed is one of the best ways to keep ticks at bay.

To read more in Sunday’s Tennessean, click here.

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Chiggers

What are chiggers?

Chiggers are the juvenile form (larvae) of a certain type of mite of the family Trombiculidae. Mites are arachnids (like spiders and ticks).

Chiggers are found throughout the world. They most commonly live in forests, grassy fields, gardens, parks, and in moist areas around lakes or rivers. Most of the larvae that cause chigger bites are found on plants that are relatively close to the ground surface, because they require a high level of humidity for survival.

What do chiggers look like?

Chiggers are barely visible to the naked eye (their length is less than 1/150th of an inch). They are red in color and may be best appreciated when clustered in groups on the skin. The juvenile forms have six legs, although the (harmless) adult mites have eight legs.

For more on Chiggers, bites and remedies, click here.

Stages of Chiggers

 

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Lone Star Tick

The lone star tick is rarely observed in Tennessee, although it can occasionally be
found within the state. However, we discovered the lone star tick from our camping trip last weekend.

Lone Star Tick

Larvae, nymphs, and adults will feed on a variety of warmblooded
hosts, including people. The larva is very tiny, only a little larger than the
period at the end of this sentence. The nymph, the most common stage found on
people, is about pinhead-sized. Adults are about 1/8-inch long and brown. The adult
female has a white spot in the middle of her back.
The lone star tick is most active from April through the end of July. Although it can transmit
Rocky Mountain spotted fever, the lone star tick is not as likely to transmit the disease as the
American dog tick. This tick also may transmit tularemia and ehrlichiosis to humans. The lone
star tick is not believed to transmit the bacteria that causes Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi),
but it may be associated with a related bacteria species that has not been completely identified.

 

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Tick Removal 101

What do I do if I find a tick on me or my pet? Click on the link to watch a quick video on how to remove a tick.

Tick Removal Video

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