We all know that masonary materials (concrete, brick, stone) are sustainable building materials with the best value at resale, but, did you know that they are also naturally hostile to both ticks and tick hosts? They are!
Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector borne illness in the United States.
In 2015, it was the sixth most common Nationally Notifiable disease. However, this disease does not occur nationwide and is concentrated heavily in the Northeast and upper Midwest.
95% of confirmed Lyme disease cases were reported from only 14 states, which include: New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Lyme disease isn't the only disease these ticks carry. According to the CDC:
"Powassan (POW) virus is transmitted to humans by infected ticks. Approximately 75 cases of POW virus disease were reported in the United States over the past 10 years. Most cases have occurred in the Northeast and Great Lakes region.
Signs and symptoms of infection can include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures, and memory loss. Long-term neurologic problems may occur. There is no specific treatment, but people with severe POW virus illnesses often need to be hospitalized to receive respiratory support, intravenous fluids, or medications to reduce swelling in the brain."
So, who is at the highest risk for tick related diseases? Well, according to the CDC, our kids are.
Reported cases of Lyme Disease are most common among boys aged 5-9.
We didn't find any information regarding how they happened upon the ticks (their own yard, the woods, from pets, etc.) but the ages of those children strongly suggests an 'in their own home area' tick encounter.
So, what can we do as adults to protect our own health and the health of our family?
Well, we can learn about what ticks like and minimize, or remove, those items from our frequent use areas.
With the variety of homes and lifestyles here in Pike County, tick migration and encounters can be happening in a number of ways.
Our goal is to use the natural qualities of our masonary projects to create functional areas around your home that will be consistent with your outdoor activities as well as resistant to tick intrusion.
Here are some beautiful examples (from our Pinterest board) of how we can do this.
More landscaping ideas to avoid tick bites:
If you are considering any type of landscaping this year, let us help you to create a healthy and enjoyable environment for your entire family.
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