Landscapers and those that spend much time outdoors’
We are the consumer, that becomes the consumed
For all of those that see us as a meal
Mosquitoes, green heads, deer and horse flies
Black flies, no-see-hemsand more
They see us as an opportunity
To dive right in, from blood sucking to just biting off bits of ones’ skin
Their goal is to get a meal, before a hand, a paw or tail comes down on them.
Yet lurking out there like an Elephant in the grass, the size of a poppy seed, it is the tick, both the dog and deer tick here in NH, Lone Star and others just outside our range.
They just wait for you to come to them Holding on at the edge of a twig on a shrub Or on the tip of a blade of grass You get to close and they just grab on, usually a piece of clothing They slowly make their way to the body and from there they seem to know to head to an area where they are hard to detect. I have come realize doing daily tick checks, that a good part of me, I can’t even see. And there are parts I rather not see Then you need to ask another to scan all those part of us we can’t see, nor really want too, so thank you, sorry to have ask daily
Deer tick nymphs are small, a speck of dirt, the size of a coffee grind. If they do bite and start sucking, you won’t even feel it or know it and will allowed to have their fill, they’ll just drop off to continue their life cycle. Yet they can be a whole lot of trouble, Lyme and other tickborne diseases are spread to humans and animals by the bite of an infected tick. In New Hampshire, and across the United States, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tickborne disease. Anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Powassan virus are other tickborne diseases that have been documented in New Hampshire, while ehrlichiosis, tularemia and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are tickborne diseases that may be encountered in travel to other parts of the country, including other New England states.
How ticks find their hosts
Ticks find their hosts by detecting animals´ breath and body odors, or by sensing body heat, moisture, and vibrations. Some species can even recognize a shadow. In addition, ticks pick a place to wait by identifying well-used paths. Then they wait for a host, resting on the tips of grasses and shrubs. Ticks can’t fly or jump, but many tick species wait in a position known as “questing”.
While questing, ticks hold onto leaves and grass by their third and fourth pair of legs. They hold the first pair of legs outstretched, waiting to climb on to the host. When a host brushes the spot where a tick is waiting, it quickly climbs aboard. Some ticks will attach quickly and others will wander, looking for places like the ear, or other areas where the skin is thinner.
How ticks spread disease
Ticks transmit pathogens that cause disease through the process of feeding.
Depending on the tick species and its stage of life, preparing to feed can take from 10 minutes to 2 hours. When the tick finds a feeding spot, it grasps the skin and cuts into the surface. The tick then inserts its feeding tube. Many species also secrete a cement-like substance that keeps them firmly attached during the meal. The feeding tube can have barbs which help keep the tick in place. Ticks also can secrete small amounts of saliva with anesthetic properties so that the animal or person can’t feel that the tick has attached itself. If the tick is in a sheltered spot, it can go unnoticed. A tick will suck the blood slowly for several days. If the host animal has a bloodborne infection, the tick will ingest the pathogens with the blood. Small amounts of saliva from the tick may also enter the skin of the host animal during the feeding process. If the tick contains a pathogen, the organism may be transmitted to the host animal in this way. After feeding, most ticks will drop off and prepare for the next life stage. At its next feeding, it can then transmit an acquired disease to the new host.
Yet, we love outdoors and even running thru a meadow of tall grass and hopefully some day they will find a cure, a vaccine so we can enjoy it all and not be so worried about might be waiting out there for us
I slip one step farther
From a reality
I once was sure I knew
The more I slide
The less it all seems real
On what I once was
My answers sound more like a question
I don’t have a clue
It has been said “in life as social creatures
What we reveal to others of ourselves
Is the view of what we ourselves’
Wish Ourselves to be”
Noble, honest, caring and intelligent
Not to be better than others
But at least as good
Yet throw in a Natural Resource Stewards’ Christmas party
With a Tacky Xmas Present Swap
A dancing chicken who has made an appearance two years in a row
And the core myself crumbles at its foundation
For I want the chicken, wanted last year too.
What does that say about me?
Who am I deep down within my essence?
If I had seen it in the store, I would never think to buy it.
So why want it? Was it the Egg Nog?
And what about the others that were there,
What do they think of me now?
So now the dancing chicken is mine, at least for a year
Until it is re-gifted, brought back to where it came from
Thinking of ways to repair the damage of one self’s image
Maybe write a book “A year in the Life of a Dancing Chicken and Me”
Something meaningful, something redeeming
Something that puts me and the dancing chicken in a better light
It is pushing me from behind
As I face to the south
Looking for any warmth
Old Sol may provide
It is crunching beneath my feet
As the frost penetrates the soil
It is not far away
As others are buried
In a Christmas card scene
It is rushing to finish a season
That could end any day
It is coming
We will each deal with it
In our own way
Some embrace it
Some just hibernate or flee to warmer places
Many just try to go about their daily life’s
Waiting for winter
For it is one of four seasons
In the northern climes
As you wander around Word Press looking at others’ blogs, you will see on many ‘Top Posts’ in the side bar
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a category for our ‘Unseen and Unread’ posts that might highlight some of our earlier works, when we were out here- Un-noticed and Un-followed. Just curious