What is a Tick Tube???
Tick Tubes have been our first line of defense up until we release our quail, and they aim to directly disrupt the lifecycle of the ticks! After ticks hatch, they usually latch onto mice. A single mouse may play host to 100 ticks (as if mice weren’t already gross enough). Targeting ticks during this nymph phase is an effective way to reduce tick populations.
Tick tubes are simply cardboard tubes (we like to use all the empty toilet paper rolls from our Inn!) that have been stuffed with permethrin-coated cotton balls. Mice find the fluffy cotton and carry it back to their nests to use as bedding. As they cozy up in their burrows, the permethrin kills any ticks they are carrying. It’s a simple but effective way to dial back the tick population in your yard….and the risk of Lyme Disease.
Goldberry Woods is offering two separate workshop times to make your own tick tubes! Plus you can come see our grounds and witness how we are raising our quail and applying the use of tick tubes in our own woods!
If you can attend, expect a short discussion about how to protect yourself from the tick bites that cause Lyme Disease along with the opportunity to make your own tick tubes to take home or to bring to friends and family. If you are interested in making your own, but you cannot attend our workshops, here is a link to a great DIY for tick tubes.
Additionally, we will be selling tick tubes in packs of 3/$5 at our Market Stand alongside the other bounties our garden produces for our customers.
Tuesday, March 9, 6-8 PM
Thursday, March 11, 7-9 PM
9902 Community Hall Road, Union Pier
in our new, white barn building.
Masks are required, and each attendee will be able to spread out and work independently.
Tick populations now exist in all 50 states, and once a tick has attached to a person it can transmit as many as 20 diseases. Lyme disease is the most well-known, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ticks are responsible for more emerging diseases than mosquitoes.
Everyone should take precautions for themselves, friends, and family anytime you are outdoors or hiking in wooded or grassy areas (and don’t forget your four legged friends!).
Lyme Disease is characterized by many different symptoms and is often called the “great imitator.” It is often thought to be the root cause of many autoimmune conditions such as MS, lupus, and Alzheimer’s. Here is a questionnaire of symptoms that can help you decide if you should seek medical help. https://www.tiredoflyme.com/horowitz-lyme-msids-questionnaire.html
Treatment for Lyme Disease is fairly straightforward if caught during its acute phase. However, if left untreated, it can progress into a chronic illness. Innkeeper Julie and her daughter both contracted Lyme Disease living on a wooded lot in the Chicago suburbs and live with chronic health issues. Lyme can be a difficult disease to navigate in the healthcare world. We encourage anyone with questions to feel free to contact Julie!
~Carly Kveton and Julie Haberichter