This Tick Season Will Be Bad. Be prepared to repel & kill them with Tick-Me-Off formula (it works)
[caption id="attachment_849" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Before being treated, this NJ sheep was covered with more than 1,000 of the Haemaphysalis longicornis tick. On the right, her ear.[/caption] New Jersey’s Dept of Agriculture warns a new tick species not seen in the USA has appeared in New Jersey. You’ll want to read these details about it, and be prepared with Bio-Essence International “Tick-Me-Off” all-natural remedy that’s available in our store. We say in no uncertain terms that Tick-Me-Off is extremely effective. We know because we’ve tested it, and customers who use it tell us it’s worked very well for them also. A NEW, VERY INVASIVE TICK SPECIES NATIVE TO ASIA HAS APPEARED IN NJ How did a tick that's native to East Asia make it to rural New Jersey? The tick in question is Haemaphysalis longicornis — also known as the longhorned tick or bush tick. It can reproduce by essentially cloning itself, allowing it to multiply quickly. It feeds on the blood of a variety of mammals, including people. In China, it has been linked to the spread of SFTS virus, described in a CDC report as "an emerging hemorrhagic fever." The tick story starts last August 2017. A resident of Hunterdon County went to a county office because she had been shearing her sheep and noticed she was getting ticks on her arms. “What she didn't know was her entire clothing, pants and everything, they were covered in ticks," the office stated. Those ticks were in the larval stage — smaller than 0.03 inches and tough to spot. "Basically, they look like a speck of dirt," officials said. "And if you look really closely, you'll see those specks of dirt start to move a little bit." At first, it was assumed the parasites were deer ticks, a native species common in the area. But the sheer number of ticks on the resident's clothing — more than 1,000 — surprised him. Usually, finding 20 to 50 larval deer ticks in that situation would be quite a bit. What's more, under the microscope, they didn't look like deer ticks. Officials from the office went to the paddock where the sheep lived to collect ticks. Within two minutes, they were covered in ticks in stunning numbers they had never seen before. Investigators found hundreds on the sheep and collected nearly 1,000 more from the 1-acre paddock. The tick has previously been found in the U.S. on large animals in quarantine, including a horse in New Jersey in the 1960s. But this is the first time all life stages of this species (larvae, nymphs and adults) have been found on an unquarantined animal in the U.S. "There were no other domestic animals on that property, so it's a really big mystery exactly how it got there". One or more ticks could have hitched a ride into the U.S. on a large animal such as a horse or a cow, or even on a dog or a person, Rainey says. The sheep's owner gave it a chemical wash to rid it of ticks. In a follow-up visit in November, the tick team didn't find any ticks on it. County workers treated the property with chemicals and cut the high grass, Rainey says. By late November, they couldn't find any ticks either on the sheep or in the paddock. But that doesn't mean they're gone. "It is possible that they were all killed, but we also don't know if, before the property was treated, they were spread out of that property by wild animals," Egizi says. "There are some populations [of this tick] that are less cold-tolerant, so there is a possibility that the winter killed them". LYME DISEASE IS EXPANDING – CASES HAVE TRIPLED IN THE LAST 30 YEARS Another tick-related problem which is the fact that Lyme disease is rapidly expanding in the U.S. In the past 30 years, the number of cases has more than tripled. The disease — and the ticks that transmit it — have spread northward all the way to Maine in New England and Minnesota in the Midwest. Part of the reason? A warming climate, says Rick Ostfeld, an ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y. "We know that climate change has contributed to Lyme disease spreading northward and to higher elevations." Here's why. Ticks need to feed on the blood of three animals over the course of two years to complete their life cycle, Ostfeld says. That meal could be a mouse, a chipmunk, or a human. Ticks can look for this meal only when the weather is warmer, because cold-blooded insects can't move when temperatures drop near freezing. "If they don't have a long enough season to find a host, they'll use up their reserves and drop dead," Ostfeld says. A few decades ago, many places in the U.S. just didn't have a long enough summer to keep the ticks healthy. And tick-borne diseases weren't a problem in Northern states. But with spring coming earlier in many places, ticks end up having more time to look for their food. So they're surviving in more places. States in the Northern U.S., such as Maine and Vermont, used to be inhospitable to ticks. Now they have huge outbreaks of Lyme disease each summer. And these earlier springs mean ticks are out on the prowl earlier. Ticks typically become a big problem in mid-May. But Ostfeld and his colleagues have found that warmer springs have bumped up the peak feeding. MORE ABOUT TICK-ME-OFF FORMULA Basically, we’ve taken the natural ingredients that are most effective at repelling & neutralizing hard-shell insects such as ticks, fleas & bed bugs, and put them together in one formula. Note that what works best for flying insects doesn’t always translate to these crawling ones, because they have different perception of scents as well as a different biological makeup. In a bottle of Tick-Me-Off oil concentrate, you’ll find organic ingredients such as neem, rosemary, lemongrass, peppermint, thyme, and cedar. All of these ingredients by themselves repel insects. But when they’re blended together in just the right amounts and proportions, their overall effect is strongly magnified.