A new study finds a tick-borne disease known as Borrelia Miyamoto is now infecting people across the Northeast, and in some cases the symptoms are so extreme that people have gone to the hospital.
A Flemington, NJ physician, gained prominence two years ago when he became the first to identify a nasty little tick-borne pathogen called Borellia Miyamotoi as the source of a severe human illness.
Now he has co-authored a new paper, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, that starts to give physicians a better understanding of B. Miyamotoi and its effect on humans.
With Lyme disease, the majority of illnesses appear to occur in June and early July, and B. miyamotoi is largely centered around the late summer, so the effect of the two bacteria is to widen the overall risk of tick-borne disease.
Symptoms of B. Miyamotoi vary widely. Some people don’t feel sick and others have a high fever and other flu-like symptoms. In addition, B. Miyamotoi appears to be associated with related bugs that cause recurring flu-like illness, unlike Lyme.
While ticks are particularly a problem now, they’re virtually always a problem in places like Hunterdon County, Gugliotta said. Tick-borne disease abates when the first frosts occur, but the bugs are found in places that stay warmer, such as barns, he said.
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The term phytoremediation is a fancy word for the absorption of dangerous chemicals and other pollutants that have entered the soil. Trees can either store harmful pollutants or actually change the pollutant into less harmful forms. Trees filter sewage and farm chemicals, reduce the effects of animal wastes, clean roadside spills and clean water runoff into streams.
Let’s face it, we could not exist as we do if there were no trees. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. What many people don’t realize is the forest also acts as a giant filter that cleans the air we breath.
This summer looks like it is going to be tough on your lawn. If the drought conditions continue any lawn that is not healthy to begin with this spring will be in trouble. Soil testing and proper nutrients are essential.
RANDOLPH ,NJ- In the summer months, Randolph experiences extremely high levels of water consumption, much of which can be attributed to the inefficient and at times wasteful overwatering of lawns.
In an effort to conserve water, the township council adopted new lawn watering regulations in May of 2007, for properties which receive water provided by the Township of Randolph and the Town of Dover.
These regulations impose restrictions on residential lawn watering during the summer months and supplement Chapter 50, Water and Sewers, of the Revised Ordinances of the Township of Randolph.
In the warm weather your pets and family will spend a lot of time on your lawn. Talk to us about a pet safe lawn.
Please keep this in mind for your pet’s safety and well being:
These are the ten most toxic human foods and should never be given to your pets.
Here is a list of healthy human foods your pets can have:
Bob Vila si still out there helping homeowners take care of their property. Here Bob gives seven helpful hints. As always Plant Solutions is here to help you take care of your lawn, call us today for a free estimate at 908-548-0716.
Dead grass and lawn clippings accumulate and get matted down into thatch, which not only prevents the germination of new grass seed, but also promotes fungus growth and pest infestation. Dethatch the lawn by giving it a good once-over, using either a lawn rake with stiff tines or a special dethatching rake.
To grow grass successfully, you need the right soil. Most varieties thrive in conditions that are neither acidic nor alkaline. Methods exist to raise or lower soil pH, but you’ve got to know what you’re dealing with. Purchase a soil test kit for around $10 from your neighborhood garden store, or send a soil sample to your local extension office.
Part of spring lawn care involves clearing away the ravages of winter. Equipped with your rake and pruning shears, take an exploratory stroll around the property. Look closely for any plants that didn’t survive. Prune damaged or dead branches from trees and bushes, and remove twigs or leaves you find lingering on the grass.
In high-traffic areas, the soil beneath grass gradually becomes compacted and inhospitable to grass roots. Manual or mechanical aeration reverses the damage done. Here, wine cork-size plugs are drawn out of the lawn surface, giving roots room to spread and allowing air, nutrients, and moisture to penetrate the soil.
Weed control ranks high among spring lawn-care priorities: If you don’t act against weeds now, before they emerge, you’ll spend the summer battling them—and it’s not a fight you’re liable to win. Prevent weeds from even sprouting by applying a pre-emergent herbicide. For an alternative treatment free of harmful chemicals, try cornmeal.
On any bare patches of ground, skip the herbicide and opt instead for grass seed. Be aware, however, that if you’re planting grass in the spring, it’s going to need lots of TLC during the hot summer months—that is, consistent watering and regular weeding—and you’ll most likely have to seed again in the fall.
7. EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE
Before the lawn season gets into full swing, inspect all your outdoor tools, including the mower. If necessary, take the machine in for service or give it a tune-up yourself: change the oil, install new spark plugs, and replace the air filter. Also, make sure to have fuel on hand in preparation for the first grass-cutting of the year.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: The old adage applies as directly to spring lawn care as it does to so many other pursuits. Indeed, setting off on the right course in spring can help ensure that your grass thrives right through to fall, bolstering that curb appeal you count on it to provide.
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