How visitors and tourism operators on PEI are coping with this year's crop of mosquitos / Tick removal 101 for humans and pets / Phone-in : Marjorie Willison on gardeningAugust 13, 2010 1:56 PM
- A commitment to use pesticides in the National Park on PEI only when human health is at risk could be contributing to a perceived growth in the number of mosquitos. But there's no formal tracking of the population. Perhaps if they were required to fill in a census form...
Buzz Off : They bother, they make a whiny noise, and worst of all - they bite. But if you want to enjoy Maritime summers, you have to learn to live with mosquitos.
For a variety of reasons, it turns out that the National Parks on PEI are an ideal breeding ground for the little biters. Julia Cook wondered if the insects were driving tourists away. So she slapped on the bug repellent and set off to find out.
Beyond A Nuisance : The black-legged tick is a far more serious concern than mosquitos. These ticks can carry Lyme Disease, which can cause a variety of symptoms, starting out with a bull's eye rash. If left untreated, that can proceed to fever, extreme fatigue and depression.
In Nova Scotia, authorities recently identified a fourth area of the province where the ticks are established, in Pictou County. People there have been warned to take precautions when they're outdoors.
In New Brunswick, ticks are also well established in some areas around Saint John, and so far, they haven't yet been a problem yet in Prince Edward Island, where ticks aren't common.
Earlier this week, Nova Scotia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr Maureen Baikie, told us exactly how to remove a black-legged tick. Her clarity was welcomed by Kenson Pennington of Hanwell, New Brunswick, but Jason Maclean of Hubbards, Nova Scotia still had some concerns about how to remove ticks that attach themelves to dogs. To clear up any confusion about the best way to remove ticks from the family pet, we put a call in to veterinarian Dr Eric Carnegy.
Don't Stop Now : There's a fair amount of coaxing that goes on in gardens at this time of year - encouraging words designed to inspire those vegetables to ripen and those late blooming flowers to blossom. And there there are those less kind words for the pests attacking the results of all your nurturing.
Marjorie Willison is the author of The East Coast Gardener, She joined us to answer your gardening questions. We also got advice on how to use Japanese Knotweed.
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