Our next regular Lyme Support Meeting will be Saturday March 19, 2:30-4:30 at Pinney Library in Madison.
Upcoming meetings – April 9, 2:30-4:40 (Dr. Isom, Upper Cervical Chiropractor) and May 28, 3:30-4:30 (Dr. David V Baewer, Chief Medical Officer Coppe Laboratories)
Also, we are having a warmer than average March with daffodils up out of the ground already. That means the ticks are stirring earlier than usual as well. Please take precautions when working outside and tuck your pants into your socks, spray your shoes and socks with Permethrin, and do tick checks regularly. Should you find a tick, remove carefully without squeezing. Some are now recommending using an ether spray (like the kind you use on warts) on the tick and waiting until it falls off. http://sectionhiker.com/treating-your-clothes-with-permethrin/ Excellent article on using Permethrin with details such as how long it lasts on your clothing under various conditions. You should not spray this on your skin – only your clothing.
Also, please note that Susan Paskewitz, Professor and Researcher, Medical Entomology Laboratory, UW Madison, says they are finding ticks in open spaces now – meaning, places like soccer and football fields with short grass. This presents a risk for everyone but particularly children playing sports in open fields. Please share this information with your family and friends and educate anyone who will listen.
Also, be careful when mowing or cutting down areas that contain ticks. Make sure to blow away from your house not toward it. I found ticks on my basement screens and crawling up my walls last summer due to a farmer unknowingly mowing a tick infested area toward our house.