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    Is Global Warming To Blame For Lyme Disease?

     Last week, President Donald Trump announced that he is trying to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. No big deal, right? After all, climate change isn't a major environmental concern (obviously kidding).

    ball-1055956-1920.jpg"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive" @Donald Trump on Twitter

    But, think again. Global Warming is real; and we are already feeling the effects of climate change - ice caps melting, rise in temperatures, and the increase in reported Lyme Disease cases.

    Although deer are known to carry ticks, they are not the wildlife species to blame for the spread of Lyme Disease. White-Footed Mice actually carry the bacterium used to produce Lyme Disease; and are actually responsible for the risk of tick-borne illnesses. While some wild animals brush off ticks, the white-footed mouse can carry between 50, 60, even 100 ticks at a time. These wild mice come out during the warmer months in the summertime and spread Lyme.

    But, let's not point the finger at these wild animals - we're talking about climate change, here.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that the increase in Lyme cases is because of global warming and the warmth of environment. The survival of ticks depends on climate change; and we know that ticks survive best in warmer climates. Although when the temperatures drop, ticks go dormant; but do not die. Because ticks do not feed well in the wintertime, there is a reduction in tick cases during the winter season.

    Because of climate change, ticks are re-producing quicker than ever and are moving into more parts of the United States.

    2017 is estimated to be a very bad year for tick cases.

    So, what can we do as homeowners and land owners to stop ticks from calling our home their home? Here are some recommendations:

    • Build a deer fence to keep out deer from properties, farms and gardens;
    • Spray liquid deer repellents or sprinkle granular deer repellent around lawns;
    •  Wear white or bright clothing to easily spot ticks;
    • Plant deer-resistant perennial plants such as mint, lavender and daffodils to keep deer away from homes.

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