Hello All Forest Peeps ,
There has been an EXPLOSION of ticks out on the trails in the last week .
Don , Celtz and I walked the M/ B river trail and over the last couple of days I have hiked other trails and with OVER A 100 taking immediately off Celtz , he has the very best Seresto collar on and I sprayed insert repellant on him but the assault is on .
Please use all insect replellants and cloth precautions.
The best way to avoid a full attack is to plan your hikes on well established open trails and stay off grassey , not well maintained trails .
During breaks a full inspection on yourself and pets and remove the ticks IMMEDIATELY.
I personally and in discussion with forest veterans have NEVER seen these tick conditions !
In good news the vast majority are the larger ' dog tick ' not the smaller ' deer tick ' that carry Lyme disease .
NQTA will be having a 2 part upcoming Gatherings completely devoted to all control measures for human and animals and bringing in health specialists you are welcome to join us to educate yourself on this underspoken health crisis .
This is not meant to discourage anyone from the stunning beauty of Spring , but true awareness is needed for everyone out on the trails .
Please put this notice to all your circle of friends and social media .
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We gather at 6 PM on the second Monday of each month at :
OIC (Orange Innovation Center) Room 222
131 West Main Street
Orange, Ma 01364
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