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Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna/Tower work safety - Lyme Disease safety

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna/Tower work safety - Lyme Disease safety
From: W0MU Mike Fatchett <>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2012 20:13:16 -0600
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Here in Colorado we have had the same early warm temps.  It has brought 
out the wasps and hornets in droves.  I have not seen any ticks around 
our place thankfully, however in Montana they can pretty thick even in 
the grasses.

Mike W0MU

W0MU-1 CC Cluster

On 4/28/2012 7:11 PM, K8RI wrote:
> On 4/28/2012 7:06 PM, Andy wrote:
>> wrote:
>>> Lyme disease is endemic and epidemic in this part of Massachusetts, mostly
>>> because we let Bambi and his ilk run free to be a pest to you and me.Deer
>>> are  the common vector.
>> Actually, mice are.  Rodents are the reservoir for the bacterium
>> responsible for Lyme Disease.
>> We call them deer ticks, but they pick up the bacterium from mice, not
>> from deer.  The bacterium doesn't infect the deer, so the deer don't
>> pass it on to other ticks.
>> The deer just provide food to the ticks in their (the tick's) second
>> year adult phase.
> Even with unbelieveable temperatures back March where our lows were
> higher than our record highs and we actually hit 90 one day, about half
> the time for the warmest March on record The last week has produced lows
> that brought hard freeze warnings so I doubt there are many ticks out
> there at present. OTOH we may end up with an extra batch this year.  We
> had mosquitoes in March which I've never seen before and the frogs were
> singing at night...which they aren't at present.
> Although the occasional mouse makes it into the house (they can get
> through unbelievably small holes, they don't last long.   My old, "used
> to be tomcat" is far more efficient than any commercial mouse trap.
> He'll lay unmoving for hours, just watching a spot. He sure is fast for
> his size, weight, and age.  (40" toes to toes, 18#, and 11 years)
> 73
> Roger (K8RI)
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