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May 20

Ticks and more Ticks

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 10:46 AM by Ryan Hiniker

Ticks

Deer ticks and wood Ticks are the two more common types of ticks found in Minnesota.  The common Wood Tick can be found in almost all parts of Minnesota.  Deer Ticks primarily are found in the northern Minnesota area, but have started to migrate south into more central parts of Minnesota.

Deer ticks are very small in size, about the size of a sesame seed.  Deer Ticks have a distinct reddish brown U-shaped back with black legs.  Wood Ticks have a darker reddish brown U-shaped back with silverish markings and reddish legs.  Wood Ticks are double the size of a Deer Tick.

Deer Ticks are the known carrier of Lyme disease.  Lyme disease is a silent enemy, with many of its symptoms going misdiagnosed for years.  The lasting effects from Lyme disease if not treated early can be severely debilitating.  I have family members that have been affected by Lyme disease and know of others that have been very much affected by this disease.

So do the easy precautionary things to avoid being bit.  Try using DEET spray, wear lighter clothes (to see them easier), and long pants with socks.  Remember to check your four-legged friends often also.

 

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Deer tick (left) Wood tick (right)

Innovative Farming

 This was some really nice reading that was passed along to me this week about buffer strips and innovative farming methods.  I won’t give all the details away, but very interesting reading on how a farm family from the northern Minnesota area is ahead of their time with conservation and water quality.  This is a link to the article:

 

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/17/water-buffalo-red-river-agriculture-erosion

 

Ditch updates

CD34
(Judson Township) work on this project is approaching the east line of Section 21 with the new main line installation.  Sounds like a second crew may be added to help with the branch lines to make up for lost time due to rain.                                                                                                             CD78 (Vernon Center Township) as of Wednesday this week work was nearing the 150th street culvert crossing.  The recent rains has added to the delay in this project because of high water in the open ditch.                                                                                                       CD96 (Danville Township) this project is complete with the seeding of new grass going down today.

 

 

Ryan Hiniker
Drainage Management Specialist
ryan.hiniker@blueearthcountymn.gov
507-304-4264