Category Archives: Lyme disease

Lyme disease

Chris Cole Kaldy posted in Medfield Lyme Disease Study Committee Information site

Chris Cole Kaldy 3:02pm Mar 31

Time to start Tick Control on your pets!

If you stopped your pet’s tick preventive over the winter, get it started again NOW. Outdoor dogs and cats will likely be the first family members to find a tick. There are three basic types of products; be sure to use the product that best matches your goals. Ask your vet which suits your pet best.

1 Products that kill ticks pretty much on contact before they attach and start feeding (quick tick knockdown).
2 Products that kill after ticks have attached and started to feed (ticks bite to die).
3 Products that may kill fleas and other parasites but don’t really kill ticks effectively (read the label).

Lyme Disease – reports & seeks members

The Lyme Disease Study Committee reported on its work for the past year to the selectmen last night.  In sum:

  • education efforts continue,
  • illegal hunting curbed,
  • 30 deer culled this year (140 total over four years),
  • deer car crashes down, and
  • other towns being assisted.

The program is hampered by the state’s 500″ no shooting zone around dwellings (whereas a state report said 150″ is enough) and lack of hunting on Sundays.  The 500′ setback precludes many identified areas of heavy deer  concentrations that would benefit from the culling.

The committee is seeking new members – contact Chris Kaldy at 359-1017 -


 

February 2015
To the Honorable Board of Selectmen and Residents of Medfield,
The Medfield Lyme Disease Study Committee is pleased to report on its activities for the
past year. The Committee’s approach to manage the health threat posed by Lyme and
other tick-borne diseases is through education on personal and property prevention and
protection as well as deer reduction.
The Committee implemented new and continued with previous efforts to teach about
means of personal protection from tick bites as well as property protection from ticks.
Toward this end, the committee utilizes various media as well as the school, sports and
other town organizations to disseminate its information. The three local television
channels are playing 30 second tick awareness videos created by the Mass Dept. of
Public Health (MDPH) during the active tick seasons. A Facebook page was created to
spread information to residents. Emails were sent by sport coaches and scout leaders to
parents to remind families about tick protection. Our selectmen publish information on
their biogs. Notices were published on the Medfield Patch about the active tick season
and methods for prevention and protection. Links to valuable websites are listed on our
committee’s page on the town’s website. Posters published by the MDPH reminding
children and residents to check for ticks are in our Town Hall, schools and also the
Medfield Afterschool Program. A notice to parents was sent again through the school
nurses to students’ homes warning about the active tick season and methods to protect
against tick bites. Tick check cards were given again to all first and third graders. The
committee’s warning sign about ticks was posted at more locations around town
including Park & Rec properties. At Medfield Day, information was available at the
Board of Health booth. The New ‘N Towne organization gives out information to new
members.
The committee also continued its organized deer-hunting program in the fall for its fourth
season by qualified, volunteer, bow hunters on town land, properties owned by The
Trustees of Reservations (TTOR), and private parcels. Again the program was
successfully implemented and completed with no incidents or safety issues reported to
the committee or the Police Dept. It was held during the Massachusetts state archery
season from October 20 through December 31. Thirty deer were culled. State hunting
laws as well as additional requirements of the committee and TTOR were followed.
Hunting took place only from fixed tree stands placed away from marked trails. Signage
was posted on trails and entrances to the selected properties. Hunters were authorized
after interviews and testing, including a proficiency test of their archery skills as well as a
background check by the Medfield Police. Some illegal hunters were discovered and
removed, so that hunting occurring on town or TTOR land was through our strictly
regulated program. Residents thanked bow hunters for making this effort.
As part of its broader plan, the committee is in touch with nearby towns to encourage
education and deer reduction across the area.
Submitted by
Chris Kaldy, Chair


 

Lyme Disease Committee seeks membere

This from Lyme Disease Study Committee chair Chris Kaldy –


Chris Cole Kaldy posted in Medfield Lyme Disease Study Committee Information site

Chris Cole Kaldy 8:43am Jan 13

Looking for community involvement in 2015? The committee needs a new member or two to help keep our educational efforts up in town. Please consider and spread the word. (And always add more Medfield friends to the group please!) Contact me directly by sending a message, and thanks! Chris Kaldy

Ticks may be out

Chris Cole Kaldy posted in Medfield Lyme Disease Study Committee Information site

Chris Cole Kaldy 1:57pm Jan 12

Q: Don’t ticks die after the first frost? Unfortunately, no! This is a common misconception.

The Blacklegged (deer) tick can remain active in their adult stage from fall to spring as long as the temperature is above freezing and the ground is not covered with snow. So stay alert and check for ticks after being outdoors.

Watch for deer on roads during rut

Chris Cole Kaldy posted in Medfield Lyme Disease Study Committee Information site

Chris Cole Kaldy 8:10pm Nov 2

Be alert when driving! It’s deer mating season and they are more active. Use caution on our narrow streets. Why post this? Deer are a key part of the tick life cycle as a reproductive host.

Lyme Disease Committee

Town of Medfield Lyme Disease Citizen Study Committee

Meeting Minutes – Monday, June 23, 2014 – 7:00 pm

 

Attendees: Chris Kaldy (Chair), Frank Perry, Erica Reilly, Carolyn Samson, Pete Peterson
Minutes – reviewed meeting minutes from May 19.

 

Controlled Hunt – looking toward next fall

Frank attended the ConComm meeting and received permission to hunt on their lands again next fall and to post a few “No Hunting without Permit” signs. Frank agreed to help clear their trails, etc. in return. Frank & Barry purchased tree stands and trail cameras for the committee. Reviewed hunting season sign wording for the fall. Next fall 3 hunters will not be returning to the program. Want to send out applications in late July; no proficiency tests or background checks needed for the current hunters.

Chris received permission from MWL to use their name on our pamphlet and printed some for Frank to hand out. She reported that per Barbara Roth, the Sunday bow hunting vote passed in the House for the 2015 season. Frank thinks it’s for private land only.

 

Actions:

  • Frank to hand out pamphlets for new land to hunt.
  • Frank to review hunting rules for fall.
  • Chris to update Hunting Season sign and send to Frank to approve.
  • Chris to send out fall hunting applications over the summer.
  • Erica will update website to say fall hunting program is full but can put name on waiting list by emailing the Hotmail account.
  • Pete to send a letter to our state reps & senator (Garlick, Dooley, Timilty and Richard Ross of Wrentham) with our pamphlet, asking them to sponsor legislation to reduce the setback law.

 

 

Tick & Lyme Education / Website

Facebook: Erica opened a Facebook account for us and invited her Medfield friends to join. Will add Chris as an administrator so both can post information.

 

Medfield Patch: Erica was told by Matt to post her article on the Patch, which she did early June. It’s on the right side under Posts and may not get much traffic there. She’ll see if she can get him to give it more attention.

 

Park & Rec: Erica gave tick-warning signs to P&R to post, and they were thrilled. Asked about spraying fields – see below.

Cable 8: Carolyn found (2) 30 second tick videos from MDPH and received their permission to air them on our station. She’s waiting to hear back from Cable 8. Discussed asking station to run video as much as possible from now through November and then start again in March. Also will ask about adding our information at the end of the video airing.

Video addresses:

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/mosquito-tick/protect-yourself-from-tick-bites.wmv

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/mosquito-tick/keep-ticks-away-from-your-yard.wmv

 

School update: Chris reported for Nancy that Dan Wolff donated to each of the 5 nurses one of his tick removal devices.

 

  • Erica will make Chris an administrator of our Facebook account
  • Erica will keep trying with Medfield Patch for a headline article!
  • Chris will follow up with Cable 8 on airing the tick videos.
  • Chris will order the new educational materials from MDPH and/or CDC.

 

  • Chris to buy small plastic dispensers for tick cards and take to local vendors to put at points of purchase.
  • Xxx to ask library to consider posting information again on their bulletin board.

 

 

Other:

Resignation – Carolyn announced she is resigning from the committee. Her time and efforts are greatly appreciated.

 

Spraying fields – Erica spoke with Park & Rec to find out why they voted down spraying McCarthy fields for $1500 and learned that they thought they needed to cut back a lot of brush surrounding the fields. She told them a border was another option. They’d be open to a donation of $1500 to spray. J She learned Wheelock fields are owned by the School dept.

Michelle told us last meeting that Memorial school field was sprayed last year.

 

Frank suggested dragging the fields to see if ticks are present; others said their kids often come home with ticks from the fields. It’s a very large area to treat so perhaps just treat the border, or consider an investment in a 3’ barrier border. Discussed writing a position paper to send to Park & Rec and School Dept. We’d like to be a partner in any decision made. Tickencounter.org mentions the most effective chemicals.

 

Michelle was not present to report what she learned since last meeting:

  • Michelle will contact Superintendent about how to go about getting this done.
  • Michelle to find out who sprayed Memorial School.

 

  • Xxx to create position paper to send to P&R and School Dept

 

Budget – new budget started on July 1; same as last year though okay to go over a bit if need be.

 

 

 

Next Meeting: Monday, Sept 15, 2014 in the Warrant Meeting Room at Town Hall, 7 pm

Submitted by Chris Kaldy

Lyme Disease info

This Lyme Disease information came from new dog owner Chris McCue –


Hi Pete,

 

Big thanks to Lyme Disease Prevention Committee and Chris Kaldy for continuing to lead the charge. As a relatively new dog owner (since November), I’ve gotten a crash course on ticks, Lyme Disease, and related issues. Sadly, our puppy tested positive for Lyme about a month ago after getting numerous tick bites – mostly from her romps at Wheelock during the early spring months when the adult ticks were emerging hungry!

 

Here are the most interesting things I learned in case it can help others:

 

  1. Tickencounter.org out of University of Rhode Island is a phenomenal resource for anyone who wants to learn about issues related to ticks and gain practical prevention advice. The site contains a wealth of information, is updated regularly, and provides timely alerts (right now it’s saying that nymph ticks — the smallest that carry disease and the most difficult to spot — are at their peak). All in all, this is shaping up to be an especially bad tick season for the Northeast.

 

  1. Tickencounter.org and landscapers knowledgeable about tick control suggest skipping pesticide treatment of regularly mowed areas (like playing fields) that bask in the sun during the day and are dry (which ticks don’t like), and instead treat the perimeters of those areas where they meet humid wooded and/or brush/tall grassy areas that ticks love. (With the results of a recent study on the link between pesticides and autism on the news last night, smart use of pesticides seems even more important now.)  A landscaping company that understands ticks well will be judicious with use of pesticides by limiting it to those areas that get the most human contact, such as landscaped garden beds, yard perimeters, or any other at-risk location that the homeowner frequents.  (As an aside, it’s recommended that landscapers and homeowners make a point of trimming high grass that grows around the feet of picnic tables, playground equipment, etc. I’ve seen quite a bit of this at the base of the picnic tables on the lawn area outside of Metacomet tennis courts.)

 

  1. In partnership with Tick Encounter, University of Massachusetts runs a tick testing lab and publishes data on the prevalence of tick-borne diseases in communities based on self-reporting. Anyone can send a tick to UMass for testing, and at $50 per test, it’s cheaper than the private lab in Norwood. Turn around is 3-5 days for the UMass results. Tick testing is helpful for determining risk of acquiring a tick-borne disease (for humans or pets). Especially for pets that spend a lot of time outdoors, when an engorged tick is found but no symptoms have developed, a negative tick test can prevent unnecessary antibiotic use. Here’s the UMass link: http://ag.umass.edu/services/tick-borne-disease-diagnostics

 

  1. The UMass lab has also partnered with a number of towns in Middlesex and Barnstable Counties to provide free tick testing, partly so that it can study the prevalence of tick-borne diseases in specific communities. Interestingly, UMass has no Norfolk County partners, despite the high prevalence of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses in our communities.

http://www.masslive.com/living/index.ssf/2014/04/umass_lab_offers_tick_testing_as_part_of_states_network_of_surveillance.html

 

  1. In addition to regular tick checks, six additional tips that I’ve personally found helpful and have been promoted by the experts mentioned earlier:

 

Treat the shoes of everyone in your family with permethrin spray (let dry before wearing) to prevent ticks on the ground from climbing up. The spray is available at most hardware and outdoor stores. (But don’t spray it on a windy day or when bees are present.)

 

Put out TickTubes (cardboard tubes with permethrin-infused cotton balls) around the perimeter of your yard – especially in stone walls, wood piles, etc. These can help break the tick reproduction cycle. Mice and chipmunks pull out the cotton and use it to line their nests, and the cotton kills the ticks that ride on the rodents. The TickTubes are made by Daminex, but not all places sell them, so people should call around. They can be purchased online.

 

Consider wearing special permethrin-treated clothing, hats, socks, etc. (Insect Shield is brand; it was developed the man who launched TickEncounter), especially for outdoor activity like gardening, hiking, etc. that puts you in frequent contact with tick habitat. This clothing is safer than spraying your entire body with DEET, and the CDC also recommends this type of clothing. (One interesting Insect Shield item I purchased from a hunting site:  a lightweight dog vest. The dog looks a little silly in it, but it works well for off-leash play when we can’t control every step that our pup takes.)

 

Use your dryer against ticks. Clothing worn outside in tick habitat should be thrown in the dryer immediately on high heat for an hour (before being washed) since it will kill ticks relatively quickly (the washing machine won’t). Ticks will live for several days in the hamper, putting anyone who is doing laundry at risk. Interestingly, it was Jacqueline Flynn — the daughter of Needham-based Hartney-Greymont arborist Pat Flynn — who conducted the Braintree High School science experiment that showed how effective the dryer was. Her study made national news and the CDC has backed up her research and has been spreading the tip.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/03/31/braintree-student-tick-experiment-catches-attention-cdc-scientists/eH2Sga4HgeDandLJDFwQKI/story.html

 

According to our vet, tick-borne illness prevention and treatment is one of the most hotly argued topics among all vets. I’ve been encouraged by our vet to do my research, ask questions, and then make decisions based on what I feel is right vs. feeling like I’m being pushed into a course of action. Opinions differ on use of the Lyme vaccine with dogs, antibiotic use for a positive Lyme test but no symptoms, benefits of regular disease testing, etc. Searching for research by reputable organizations online (e.g., Cornell University) is helpful until that research is outdated, so beware of even the most credible scientific studies. Your vet should be knowledgeable and willing to help you make sense of it all.

 

Hope this wrap-up of the information I’ve learned helps save others time and effort!

 

Chris