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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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You Have No I-deer What Deer Damage Really Costs You…

Posted by Pure Solutions on Jun 2, 2016 6:30:00 PM

Deer damage is estimated to cost around $2 BILLION dollars nationwide. $250 million of that cost reflects damage to properties around homes in communities like ours. It’s important to know the signs of deer damage so you can choose proactive, natural steps that protect your family and your property investment.

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Control Deer on Cape Cod with All-Natural Deer Repellents

Posted by Spencer Rowden on May 24, 2016 4:30:00 PM

There are more than 95,000 white-tailed deer in Massachusetts, with densities of about 80 deer per square mile in areas of Eastern Massachusetts. Cape Cod and the Islands have a growing white-tailed deer population bringing new concerns to the area. These concerns include deer damage on residential and commercial properties, as well as an increase in tick-borne illness such as Lyme disease as deer carry ticks close to homes in search of food.

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What Deer Eat & How To Prevent Deer Damage

Posted by Spencer Rowden on May 19, 2016 1:30:00 PM

White-tailed deer are found throughout Massachusetts including Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. They are herbivores and consume a wide variety of herbaceous and woody plants native to the area. An adult white-tailed deer requires approximately 5-7 lbs of food per day, but energy demands for white-tailed deer vary seasonally. Even further, what deer eat can favor particular plants depending on the season. Energy demands are the greatest in the autumn rut and during severe winter weather.

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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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5 Ways to Mitigate Mosquito Misery

Posted by Jackie Sampson on May 7, 2016 5:55:00 PM

After a long and cold winter, New England is more than ready for summer, and Memorial Day marks the start of enjoying as much time as possible outside. However, as temperatures rise, so do the mosquito populations. Rain leaves the perfect conditions for mosquitoes to lay eggs, and soon after they hatch all at once!

Here are 5 facts about mosquitoes that may help you not only decrease your chances of getting bitten, but also lessen the miserable post-bite experience!

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How is an organic lawn care plan different than the conventional 5 step program that we use now?

Posted by Peter DiClemente on May 5, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Most conventional programs act like steroids for the lawn, continuous chemical injections and pesticide applications whether the lawn needs it or not. Most lawns have a chemical dependency on high nitrogen fertilizers and become weak and susceptible to disease and insect damage.

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Are chemical fertilizers and pesticides harmful?

Posted by Peter DiClemente on May 2, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Instead of trying to explain everything I know about the dangerous affects of lawn pesticides, I would like you to visit a few websites that will really open your eyes.

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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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