Spring is upon us. And while it may bring beautiful flowers and warmer weather, it also brings those little pests that have been hiding all winter: ticks. There are many solutions to keeping ticks at bay, but most options are associated with harsh chemicals that can be dangerous. Peconic Landing has tips and advice for you to get rid of ticks using a healthier and more environmentally friendly approach.
Darryl Volinski, Director of Environmental Services for Peconic Landing, says Guinea hens are a big hit in residential areas for keeping ticks away. These hens simply wander your yard and eat all the ticks off the ground. It may sound too good to be true, but the Guinea hens are an easy and effective way of keeping your yard tick-free without spraying any dangerous chemicals.
If you aren’t ready to share your yard with hens and would rather take a different approach, Peconic Landing suggests using an organic tick repellent around walkways and dwellings. Using chemical pesticides might not only dangerous to your pets’ health, but yours and your family’s as well.
“Organic repellent reduces the amount of chemicals going into your groundwater,” said Mr. Volinski. “It also reduces the amount of chemicals that are exposed to your family.” Not only that, but spraying harmful chemicals in the air also pollutes our planet. Organic repellent reduces pollution and is a more environmentally friendly option.
Other options for keeping ticks away this spring include simple tasks like removing tall grass from your yard, especially around walking paths. Ticks like to hide in this type of grass and keeping it short will help prevent that.
Another idea is to recruit the use of mice through cardboard cylinders. “Mice take cotton from these cylinders to their nest that is covered with [organic] tick repellent,” said Mr. Volinski. “This keeps ticks away and doesn’t hurt the rodents.”
Peconic Landing strongly suggests you attempt these steps for getting rid of ticks this season, rather than using chemicals and pesticides.
“We want to encourage each one of our neighbors to be proactive for their family’s safety,” said Laurelle Cassone, Director of Sales at Peconic Landing.“And also to be proactive in taking care of our planet.”
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New York State Police have started day two of a search for a missing Riverside woman with dementia who went missing.
Leading a team of about 60 local volunteer firefighters and other emergency personnel today, state police are hoping a wider search on Sunday can find 82-year-old Jean Taber.
Ms. Taber was last seen walking her dog on Route 104 in Riverside near her home at Riverwoods mobile home park. According to her grandson Mark Norton, she was wearing a yellow t-shirt, black fleece vest and khakis when she was last seen. The last confirmed video footage of Ms. Taber was about 2:15 p.m. Thursday.
State Trooper Tammy Mickoliger said Sunday morning that no evidence had been found during Saturday’s search.
“Things are evolving as we speak,” she said.
Ms. Mickoliger said that an air search had been conducted yesterday and another would be done today. Bloodhounds were brought down yesterday to search the area, and while no water search is being conducted, Ms. Mickoliger said that the search would expand to a top-to-bottom canvas of Riverwoods and the Route 104 area today.
“They’re turning over everything,” she said.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Ms. Taber was last seen on Tuesday.
The Game of Hamlets is down to a battle between two closely related hamlets. Orient vs. Greenport.
The two Southold Town communities won in landslides this past week, with underdog Orient shocking Riverhead with 71 percent of the vote. Greenport knocked off Mattituck 67 to 33 percent.
Come Tuesday at 5 p.m., we’ll find out which local hamlet people like the most.
Northforker.com has been hosting the 16-hamlet bracket tournament, sponsored by Corcoran Group, since March 13.
On the weekend of April 12-13, we will host an open photo shoot, inviting anyone who lives or works in the winning hamlet, for a large group photo to appear on the cover of the April 17 edition of The Suffolk Times. The photo shoot will take place in a public location in that community. We’re looking for as many people to show up as possible for the photo. Full details will be announced after the winner is chosen.
The April 17 issue will be dubbed either the Orient or Greenport issue, with sections featuring coverage about the winning hamlet.