All of us who live or play in the Hudson Valley know that tick borne illnesses are a serious concern. In response to seeing friends and family impacted by Lyme and other tick borne illnesses Wild Earth created “LIGHT ON LYME: A FAMILY EVENT.” Held on May 4, 2014 in Rosendale, NY the event focused on raising awareness and empowerment around Lyme and tick borne illnesses in the Hudson Valley. Learn more about Light On Lyme at the bottom of this post, beneath the presentations.
Our goal was to create a well rounded event that would add to public understand of Lyme & tick-borne diseases; exploring the relationships between ecology, nutrition, government, public health, diagnosis, treatment and holistic health.
“LYME: Love Yourself More Everyday”Jerilyn Brownstein, Therapist and Light On Lyme co-organizer
Light On Lyme featured doctors, scientists, educators, public officials, health counselors and alternative healers. The day included interactive cooking workshops, nature-based activities for children, hands-on private sessions with local healers, and information booths where folks could learn about different approaches to Lyme.
Wild Earth is so grateful to all the volunteers that made Light on Lyme a success. Thank You all!
We would especially like to shout out a HUGE THANK YOU to the organizing team that met from December through May to make the first Light On Lyme a reality. Esperanza Gonzalez, Meredith Johnson, Hillary Thing, Cathy Vogt, Sarah Snow, Clara Kramer-Wheeler, and Jerilyn & David Brownstein, THANK YOU! What a truly great team!
1. Eliminate tick habitat around the home grounds. The majority of tick-borne diseases are acquired at home. Strategies of spraying pesticides and other tick population controls have not been that effective preventing human infection. Removing leaf litter and promoting low humidity (pruning and opening up the yard to sun) are very effective ways to cut down tick populations around the home.
You can also construct a 3 foot wide border of gravel or dry mulch around places where humans and pets gather or between the lawn and wooded areas. These dry areas will be places the ticks will avoid.
2. Personal protection with treated clothing and repellents has been shown to be more effective than daily tick checks and area-wide pesticide applications. The daily tick checks idea is still vitally important but unfortunately many people don’t do it consistently. In the summer months, spraying shoes and socks with permethrin is a very effective strategy to prevent ticks bites. Of course, folks need to follow all product instructions and be very careful with pesticides, especially around children. For folks who worry about the permethrin, you can use DEET instead but it may not be as effective as the permethrin. You can also spray pants and other clothes with either product, buy treated clothes, or send your clothes out to be treated.
As a child Simon spent countless hours exploring the forest, streams and wetlands of his neighborhood in NJ. Simon has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont where he focused on the relationship between a healthy human psyche and a vibrant natural world. He has staffed and studied with various wilderness schools throughout the Northeast including the Institute for Natural Learning, White Pine Programs and the Vermont Wilderness School. When he’s not in the woods, Simon is designing and building websites and other internet solutions. More about Simon's work.