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Graham Henningson

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Lyme Disease at a Glance

Posted by Graham Henningson on Jul 11, 2016 6:00:00 PM

The northeast is a very high-risk area for tick-borne diseases, especially Lyme disease. We've collected key facts and information for you to learn more about Lyme disease and how it affects people in our community.

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Tick & Mosquito Spraying For Events

Posted by Graham Henningson on Jun 30, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. Don't let mosquitoes and ticks chase you indoors. If you plan ahead, the Pure Solutions team can treat your property using National Organic Program compliant products that are safe for your guests and the environment. Reducing the population of ticks and mosquitoes on your property or the event site will make your event memorable– for the right reasons.

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Ticks on Martha's Vineyard [Resources]

Posted by Graham Henningson on Jun 21, 2016 12:30:00 PM

With many of us traveling to Martha's Vineyard, and some lucky ones who live there year-round, it's important to be aware of the tick species on the island and the best way to protect ourselves and our families so we can enjoy the beautiful beaches and explore the landscape. Based on the deer density of the island and weather conditions, the tick populations are active in high numbers almost every season.

Martha's Vineyard Board of Health reported that in 2011, 25% of people ages 5 to 18 have been treated for Tick-Borne illnesses (TBI) one or more times, and 54% reported a family member being treated for TBI. Tourists especially are at risk as many are not aware of the symptoms and do not seek medical treatment. 

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What does deer damage look like?

Posted by Graham Henningson on Jun 13, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Deer damage to your landscaping can occur year-round. Often once you start seeing damage, it's already too late. However, an integrated plan will protect what's left of your plants in order for them to regenerate more quickly and prevent future damage. 

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Mosquito Control in Massachusetts

Posted by Graham Henningson on May 14, 2016 3:42:18 PM

The Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project reports there are 51 mosquito species found in Massachusetts. So while you may feel that all mosquitoes are an equal nuisance, each species has unique behaviors, characteristics, and breeding patterns that make mosquito control in Massachusetts a challenge. Depending on the environment near your home, temperature and time of season- you may find species that are more common than others. Here are some common traits of mosquitoes in Massachusetts that will help you control them. 

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How to Minimize Mosquito Breeding on Your Lawn

Posted by Graham Henningson on May 9, 2016 11:31:00 AM

An adult female mosquito lays about 100-400 eggs in clusters called rafts, which float on the surface of the water, or eggs may be laid singly on the surface of the water or the waters edge depending on the species of mosquito. Within 2-3 days the eggs hatch into larvae. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant, standing fresh water oftentimes found around the home. With heavy rain, which we have been consistently experiencing in Massachusetts, new breeding grounds are created increasing the mosquito population in our communities. There are a few simple ways to minimize you and your family’s exposure to these pests.

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Earth Day at Pure Solutions

Posted by Graham Henningson on Apr 22, 2016 4:08:38 PM

Each year, the Pure Solutions team launches intiatives to protect the environment and lower our impact both at home and at the office. Sustaining the planet for future generations is something we think about every day- including Earth Day! That's why we wanted to share with you tips for both home and at the office that will help you make better choices every day.

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The Dangers of Pesticide Use for Families

Posted by Graham Henningson on Mar 29, 2016 11:32:00 AM

The summer is one of our favorite times to spend with our family- whether on vacation or just in the back yard enjoying the season. While there is a risk of vector-borne disease parents need to be concerned about while outdoors, the dangers of pesticide use also pose a health risk to children.

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Why You Should Spray for Ticks in Early Spring

Posted by Graham Henningson on Mar 23, 2016 11:53:00 AM

New England is a hot bed for Lyme disease due to ideal temperatures and accessibility to hosts for deer ticks. Deer ticks are essentially a threat year-round in New England, but can be slowed down by extreme cold or hot temperatures as well as heavy snow fall. They have a two-year life cycle and search for different sized hosts depending on the season and their current life-stage.


So why spray for ticks in early Spring?

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3 Reasons Spraying for Ticks Protects Your Family

Posted by Graham Henningson on Mar 14, 2016 12:05:00 PM

Lyme disease, Babesiosis, and other illnesses are spread by the bite of an infected tick. If you and your family live near wooded or grassy areas, you could be susceptible to tick bites.  People living in or visiting New England are especially at a high risk. Prevent tick bites and reduce the risk of Lyme disease through property sprays that eliminate ticks in your yard. Here are 3 reasons why you should be spraying for ticks this season:

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Pure Solutions specializes in organic turf care, tick, mosquito, and deer control services. Our Think Pure blog provides resources to making your yard safe and enjoyable without the use of harmful chemicals. We "Think Pure" in order to protect our community and the environment.

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