April showers bring May nymph ticks

To the Editor: We are all anticipating better weather with the coming April showers and, as the rhyme goes, they bring May flowers — but also hungry nymph ticks. It is useful to have some knowledge of the tick life cycle. The black legged tick Ixodes scapularisis a three-host tick with each mobile stage feeding...

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People I remember …

I reminiscence to past years and I envision those Pictou Islanders I once knew. There was Duncan and Verna Rankin. They lived about one quarter of a mile away and were our nearest neighbours to the east. There was a hay field separating our houses and we could clearly see each other homes. That field...

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MacKay continues upward climb from Lyme disease

NEW GLASGOW — Linda MacKay is more like herself again, but it has been a struggle. MacKay is recovering from the depths of ill health due to what has been confirmed as Lyme disease. The treatment has brought her back from her worse moments of the infectious disease last year. She was among more than...

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Not Lyme disease – then what?

To the Editor: We have been told by the health care system that Lyme disease is hard to catch and easy to treat. In Canada they follow the outdated IDSA Infectious Disease Society of America guideline (guideline are just guidelines, they are not etched in stone) that have not changed since 2006; much in the...

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Pugwash Farmers’ Market the place to go for healthy living information this summer

Did you ever want to know more about beekeeping or natural products to avoid bug bites and ticks? Do you need tips on keeping limber for all the gardening you are planning this summer? Are you curious about vermicomposting or foraging for wild edible plants? This summer the Pugwash Farmers’ Market will be abuzz with...

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Ticks are out in full force

To the Editor: According to the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, now ALL of Nova Scotia is classed as endemic for blacklegged ticks and if people are outdoors they are at risk for Lyme disease. There are still areas of higher risk and unfortunately, Pictou County is one of the high risk areas....

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Every season is tick season

To the Editor: There are some who are saying the ticks are back but they were never really gone; they were just inactive for a short period of time. There are also those who say there are no ticks in the winter, wrong and winter is just around the corner. Ticks can be active anytime...

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Ticks are everywhere

To the Editor: The fine weather is finally here and people and their pets are outdoors more. I have contacted several veterinary clinics to find that they are seeing animals almost daily with ticks. There has not been a week this past year that someone has not contacted me looking for information or who has...

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