Are you worried about Japanese Knotweed, zebra mussels, or giant hogweed?
If you’re interested in learning more about these and other invasive species, then come to the Tennis Courts at 10:00AM on Saturday 9 September, where we have arranged for a private seminar given by experts in aquatic and plant species.
Thanks to financial support from FOCA* for this initiative, we’re pleased to provide a breakfast of muffins, pastries, coffee/tea, juice and fresh fruit for all attendees! Bring the whole family – kids are welcome! So that we may plan for the appropriate amount of breakfast, kindly RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, ideally by Labour Day Monday.
This event will run rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we’ll shift it indoors to a location as yet TBD (which is another great reason to RSVP, so that we know whom to contact in the event of rain 😊) Hope to see you there!
~Dr Lora Field, RMIA Director
*(Federation of Ontario Cottage Associations)
The tick population is on the rise in Canada. Ticks can carry bacteria which if you are bitten, can result in Lyme disease.
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites by:
Don’t panic if you do find a tick on your body. If possible, have a medical professional remove the tick. Alternatively, the Ontario government suggests the following steps to remove ticks (https://www.ontario.ca/page/lyme-disease#section-3):
Symptoms of Lyme disease usually begin between three days and one month after being bitten by an infected tick. Prompt antibiotic treatment is usually effective so see a doctor immediately if you suspect a tick bite. Early symptoms of Lyme disease may include; fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue and an expanding bulls eye red rash.
If left untreated, Lyme disease symptoms could progress to cardiac symptoms such as heart palpitations, arthritic symptoms, extreme fatigue and general weakness, and central and peripheral nervous system. disorders. Lyme disease is diagnosed through a combination of symptom presentation, history of exposure to infected ticks and/or validated laboratory test results.
For recent news stories see:
A researcher at Humber College has discovered a spading method for destroying Japanese Knotweed that apparently seems to work:
1. Slice down at a slight angle into the soil beside the stem of the plant, cutting off the stem a few inches below ground. Don’t try to get the roots, and disturb the soil as little as possible.
2. Tamp the soil back in place, covering over the area. This deprives the plant of sunlight, weakening its ability to grow. But doesn’t break the roots off, which might cause them to regrow.
3. Repeat again 2 weeks later, and every two weeks until the plant is exhausted and gives up.
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