[NAFEX] ATNN:Fruit persons of Maine
breen at fedcoseeds.com
Sat Apr 22 20:36:03 EDT 2006
HI Mainiacs of the List-serv,
I don't know what you are used to, but this Spring has been odd for more reasons
than the weather. I thought after our open winter (albeit warm) that there would be
less ticks (and hopefully curculio). But here in Saint Albans, I am seeing
something I have never seen in 30 years alive. I had never and I mean NEVER seen a
tick of any sort on myself or any other person until last fall (in this area). I
thought it was a freak occurence and that the other person got it from somewhere
farther south they had been earlier in the day. But 2 weeks ago, after pruning all
day, I had 2 large ticks on my collarbone. And then today, after doing some pruning
again, I had another large bugger.
I highly recommend a book called 'Healing Lyme' by Stephen Buhner. Amazing up to
date research about tick behavior, lyme transmission and effective/ineffective
diagnosis and treatment. Here's some tidbits: Most lyme is passed to humans from
unseen and unfelt nymphs, not the actual adult "lyme" tick. Also, Lyme disease is
transmissable through breastmilk, sex, mosquitos, and very possibly saliva. This
book will shock you into reality if you are not there already with ticks.
This is going to make exploring fruit in abandoned orchards and seedling trees a
whole new adventure. Before I only risked a puckered tongue, now, if I don't tick-
check and wear the right clothing (and those are no sure things), I'll be suffering
something worse than cotton-mouth.
If you didn't have an excuse to strip naked as soon as you walked in the door to
home, you do now.
zone 4b, Maine
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