Boston, MA (TRA) -- The summer of 2017 is set to be the worst year for Lyme disease in decades. However, a little-known but highly effective essential oil may be the key to keeping your family safe from potentially deadly tick-borne illnesses this year.
NPR reported this spring that ecologist Rick Ostfeld is predicting an extremely bad year for tick bites and Lyme disease. Ostfeld has been studying Lyme disease for over 20 years and has found that higher populations of mice mean higher populations of ticks the following year. 2016 was a booming year for mice, so 2017 is set to be a devastating year for tick-borne illnesses.
It is thought that climate change is allowing ticks to spread to new locations and to spread new diseases to pets and humans. See below how ticks are spreading in the northeastern U.S. over the past 15 years.
NPR published 7 New Reasons to Fear Ticks This Summer, a report showing that tick-borne illnesses are becoming increasingly common. The most frightening new illness is Powassan virus, which kills 10% of humans who become infected.
Powassan virus can also be transmitted in as little as 15 minutes, as opposed to the 24 hours it takes for a tick to transmit Lyme disease to a human host. Below you can see the increasing rates of some of the more common tick-borne illnesses.
Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
You Can Get Lyme Disease in Your Own Yard
The Center for Disease Control’s Kiersten Kugeler told NPR that, "in the Northeast, most people catch Lyme around their homes. People out gardening. People playing in their backyard. Mowing the lawn."
Unfortunately one of the most common pesticides for keeping ticks at bay is Permethrin, a man-made pesticide that can be deadly to cats, fish and birds, not to mention bees and other beneficial insects. Permethrin is a poison and it’s a pretty indiscriminate killer. However, there is a better option.
Mother Nature’s Solution to the Tick Problem
Fortunately, nature provided a solution to this problem that scientists may never have devised on their own. You probably know that a cedar closet keeps moths away from your clothes. What you may not know is that oils derived from the cedar tree can have the same repellent effect on ticks and other pests. Cedar oil is a contact killer of most insects.
Cedar oil is:
- Non-toxic to humans
- An effective repellent and a deadly killer of harmful insects including ticks, mosquitoes and fleas
- NOT harmful to bees and butterflies
- Easy to use
- A 100% natural solution for avoiding deadly tick-borne illnesses
Cedar oil comes in a wide variety of formulations for every use, from pets to yards to people, even large agricultural uses. To find the one that is right for you, visit the link below: