MONROE, Conn., April 30, 2019 /CNW/ -- It's time to start talking ticks. Spring signals a particularly active time for ticks, just when gardeners get antsy to get their hands dirty, working in their gardens. For anyone looking forward to spending time outdoors Be Warned: tick-borne disease is on the rise.
Each year, more and more cases of Lyme disease are reported to Health Canada by the provinces, but this number doesn't reflect all cases of Lyme disease since many go unreported. Recent estimates suggest that approximately 3,000 people may get Lyme disease each year in the Canada.
New data reported by the Government of Canada in 2018 shows that reported cases of Lyme disease has more than doubled from 992 cases in 2016 to 2025 cases in 2017 with Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia having the highest rates nationwide. While the uptick in ticks remains unclear, a number of factors can affect tick populations, including temperature, rainfall, humidity, and most certainly, host populations, like deer and rabbits.
Although ticks can thrive just about anywhere in suburbia, it's common that they prefer wooded areas, gardens, plantings, and tall backyard grasses. One reason ticks continue to flourish is their propensity to hang out on shrubs, trees, and in tall grass waiting for unsuspecting hosts - like deer, rabbits or your family pet - to wander by so they can latch on and hitch a ride to your backyard.
We know that deer and rabbits have made themselves at home in suburbia and most of us have seen more than our share of them right outside our windows. When you see deer or rabbits outside, it's probable ticks hitched a ride and will stay behind when the they move on. Ticks need a host to survive and they find a prefect host when attaching to your dog, cat, or any human in close proximity.
Avoiding the outdoors during warm weather isn't an option so prevention and protection is paramount when it comes to dodging ticks and defending yourself against tick-borne illness.
It stands to reason and statistic show, deer and rabbits are carrying ticks to your backyard. Your best and most logical defense is to discourage them from roaming onto your property in the first place.
One of the most reliable and logical ways to keep ticks out of your yard is to keep the deer and rabbits away.
There's a number of strategies to keep deer and rabbits at bay, including physical barriers like fencing, but fencing can be unsightly, and deer can jump much higher than allowable suburban fence height restrictions of two metres and rabbits can dig as much as half a metre under fences. Planting deer resistant varieties like marigolds, foxgloves boxwood and rosemary could help but when food supply is low, deer and rabbits will eat just about anything. Motion deterrents positioned near your garden can scare them off, however, you'll have to continually reposition them since deer and rabbits will become acclimated to them and they won't be scared away.
Back to logic. We know deer and rabbits rely heavily on their sense of taste for feeding and smell to alert them to predators. Using a scent aversion, fear-based repellent, like Bobbex Deer and Rabbit Repellent, is often considered the most effective, practical, and easy way to keep deer and rabbits out of your yard, and turn the tide on ticks, keeping them out too. Repellents make good sense.
There are quite a few repellents to choose, but Bobbex Deer works. It's third party verified through testing by the Connecticut Department of Forestry and Horticulture. Bobbex trumped nine other repellent products, was cited number one in comparison testing, and second in effectiveness only to a fence barrier.
Bobbex Deer and Rabbit Repellent combines scent and taste deterrents. The all-natural repellent blends six scents, including rotten eggs, garlic, clove oil (among other things) to mimic predator scents, classifying it as an effective fear repellent. It also tastes terrible to deer and rabbits while actually being good for plants because it contains trace nutrients including nitrogen and phosphorus. The product dries clear, is harmless to humans and pets, won't burn plants and its odor, after 24 hours, is undetectable to humans, but deer and rabbits are still repelled by it. Bobbex is safe for use on the most sensitive plants and can be used on shrubs, trees or as a bulb dip.
The takeaway? Ticks are on the rise and the deer and rabbit populations are high just about everywhere. The dual key to combat both deer and rabbits in your yard and hitchhiking ticks is proactive protection, using a verified, tested, and effective repellent. Don't forget ticks can be active year-round and Bobbex Deer is designed for year-round use.
For more information about Bobbex Deer and Rabbit Repellent, visit www.bobbex.ca.
SOURCE Bobbex Inc.
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