There have been reports from neighbors confirming the presence of ticks at our park access. Please be aware of their existence when using the park and take precautions to avoid contact with them. Check pets and yourselves for ticks when leaving the park as they seem to be more plentiful this year than ever.
See these links for more information regarding what ticks look like, what diseases they carry and how to repel them.
The Detroit Free Press has recently published an article regarding Michigan’s growing tick problem at this link
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A natural and safe proven product to kill mosquitoes and larva and deter ticks from your yard: http://www.mosquitobarrier.com
On their website, they have some interesting FAQs:
Can I keep mosquitoes off my child with this product by spraying them directly? No. Mosquito Barrier does not work when sprayed on people to keep insects away. Mosquito Barrier only removes feeding areas. See explanation next to Mosquito photo above.
Is there an all natural mosquito repellent I can put on myself that works? Yes. Excellent results can be obtained (up to 5 or 6 hours of protection) by using some common household items in a simple mixture you can make yourself! Simply mix 1 teaspoon of soybean oil (available from your grocery store) and one quarter of a teaspoon of Palmolive liquid soap into one cup of water. Mix well and spray onto your arms and legs and wipe on your face and neck. To make sure you are not allergic to the soybean oil or the soap put small amount on the inner area of your forearm and wait a half hour to see if any redness or irritation occurs.
Should I use canola oil with Mosquito Barrier? No. You should mix canola oil with Mosquito Barrier only if you’re going to spray the mixture on standing water. The oil helps with standing water and puddles for suffocation of larvae.
SPRAYING FOR TICKS: There are a few things you’ll need to know to effectively repel ticks from your yard and around your house. Mosquito Barrier doesn’t kill ticks on contact but it does repel them. Ticks are carried into your yard by animals such as deer or squirrels. A tick will “hang out” in tall grass and on tall weeds as well as on fence posts, wood siding on your home or shed and in shrubs and bushes. They like damp places. They will wait for you to brush against the tall grass or shrub and will cling to you. Knowing this, spraying for ticks is much like spraying for Mosquitoes with a few exceptions: There’s no need to spray standing water or the leaves in a tree. Ticks wait for their prey relatively close to the ground. Do make sure you spray the trunk of the tree. Also make sure you spray all wood fence posts in the area. Spray the wood siding on your home up to a height of about 5 or 6 feet from the ground. You should also spray under porches and in dark, shaded areas (they rest there in heat of the day). Spray grass, shrubs and all greenery. Don’t forget to spray woodpiles and re-stack any firewood – where they may be hiding. Keep grass cut and eliminate tall weeds. Try to keep children and pets inside a sprayed, fenced area. After the first spraying, which should be once over and then once over again, repeat spraying in 7 days and thereafter about every 3-4 weeks during tick season.
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