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Berkshire Lyme Events

An email I received today that may be good for people in Western, Massachusetts or abutting counties in NY or VT:

The Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires will be screening the Lyme documentary Under Our Skin 2: Emergence at the Devonshire Estates Senior Living Facility at 329 Pittsfield Road in Lenox, MA at 3 PM tomorrow (May 18, 2016). The film is 60 minutes and will be followed by a Q & A. It is open to the public. If you know of anyone interested please share this event info!
We will also be holding our next awareness meeting on Thursday, May 26th at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, MA at 1 Wendell Avenue. Meeting starts at 6 PM in the ground floor auditorium. The entire meeting will be dedicated to answering questions.
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Set This Tick Myth on Fire

On Facebook there is an image circulating:

 

tick eggs

The caption implores readers to set this on fire – it’s a tick nest!  It seems very credible. I mean, why wouldn’t these be tick eggs?!

Well, according to Snopes it is unproven:

http://www.snopes.com/critters/lurkers/tickeggs.asp

If one goes to google images and searches for "tick eggs," the image consistently 
looks akin to this: 

tick eggs 2
Notice it's much smaller and redder? 

Just so you're aware of this and not spreading more rumors.  

Take care and remember to take precautions!  If you've never had Lyme Disease, 
remember that you DON'T want it!  And if you have, then kindly remind your 
family that they don't want it! 


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Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires to Screen Under Our Skin I&II

I received this announcement via email today and it looks like a good one:

“The Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires will be screening the award-winning Lyme disease documentary Under Skin on Tuesday February 16th, 2016 at 6 pm. We will be screening its sequel Under Our Skin 2: Emergence on Thursday February 25th, 2016 at 6 pm. Both dates will take place in the Pittsfield Library auditorium (from main entrance walk to elevator, choose ground floor) located at 1 Wendell Ave in Pittsfield, MA 01201. Each screening will be followed by a Q & A session. Attendees are welcome to arrive as early as 5:45 pm. Refreshments will be provided.”

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If you haven’t seen the movie yet, here’s the link to the film’s website for info:

http://www.underourskin.com/film/

Best wishes, my friends.

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The War on Bugs – Article in Berkshire Eagle RE: Mosquito Control But No Tick Control

I live here in Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts.  Our local paper published this interesting article:  http://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/ci_27942768/war-bugs-massachusetts-11-million-spent-fight-mosquitoes

I never wondered about this.  Those trucks in the early morning hours, those announcements to close our windows, the protests and harrumphs about cancer and what are they spraying us with and is it worth it? It never occurred to me to wonder why the hubbub about West Nile Virus and not so much as a ‘bub about Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

I never knew that Berkshire County has the highest rate of Anaplasmosis , another tick-borne illness.  Our county borders Columbia County, NY; they had the highest rates of Lyme in the country for 5 years straight at one point (it was percentage rate per population , not actual numbers).  I seem to suspect that deer do not stop when they see the green sign bidding a warm welcome to travelers and announcing they are entering Massachusetts.

The article talks about how much easier it is to treat for mosquitoes, how they are more predictable at certain times of day, whereas one area could be teeming with ticks and the next yard could be without them.

It’s interesting to think about.  Wouldn’t it be nice if ticks could be controlled?  But I think about bed bugs.  They were practically nonexistent here due to crop-dusting.  The chemical that did them in was banned and here we are talking about bed bugs again, and inspecting hotel mattresses and whispering about NYC movie theaters.

This conversation about spraying for ticks is probably fruitless.

Soooooooooo……………………. Always remember:

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BLAST you, Connecticut! : Powassan / Tick-borne Virus – And What About Tea Tree Oil / Tick Repellent ?

I found this terrifying article:  http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/04/07/non-treatable-virus-found-in-ticks-in-southern-connecticut/  I live in Massachusetts, so I’m not terribly far from the epicenter of this revolting discovery.  What is it about Connecticut and tick-borne sicknesses?    Lyme Disease, of course, originated/was discovered  in Old Lyme, CT. This may bring up the topic of how to repel ticks. I am seeing this on Facebook: tea tree oil I don’t know if it works – I don’t see why it wouldn’t. I use tea tree oil on my fungus-ridden toenails (with good results) and the smell fills the house and repulses all who enter.  But do you have any idea how much tea tree oil costs?  And have you had a look at the size of the bottles you buy for beaucoup bucks?  Seems the going rate starts at $8.99 and averages around $10.00 , factoring in higher-end brands, for 2 oz.  So for this price, and this ratio, you should have 6 oz of bug spray for approximately $9. If it’s effective, it’s not a poor man’s repellent! Dear readers, has anyone tried it with or without success? If it was successful, was it a ROARING success where you think it’s worth it to shell out the money? I know tea tree oil is a healthier alternative to deet and the other chemicals that probably cause cancer and endocrine problems and whatnot.

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Polar Vortex: Good for Potential Lymies

Are you woodsy?  Outdoorsy?  Like to hike?  Living in the epicenter of ticks and tick-borne infections?

If you’re bummed out by the Polar Vortex …… uhhhh…. Vortexes?  Then look on the bright side!  It’s killing ticks.

Here’s an interesting article:

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20140127/NEWS04/301270027

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