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On This Week in Ontario Edublogs, I stumped Stephen Hurley who was not aware of this classic Brad Paisley song.
This spring, we’re certainly aware of ticks around here. In a normal spring, Jaimie and I would be out on the Greenway trail sniffing our way around. This year, we’ve been pulling back. It wasn’t uncommon to come home and have to pull some ticks off him. (me too, occasionally) Fortunately, we have a tick key to help and he takes flea and tick medication. Yet, there still is something creepy about those many legged parasites.
They seem to be bountiful this year. I also attribute it to neighbours who cut their grass once a month whether it needs it or not. (it needs it) As we were discussing out disgust pulling off the latest, we noted that we haven’t seen any possums all winter. Normally, we see some out at the bird feeder or, sadly, hit on the road. As my pictures will attest, they’re around here both in the summer and the winter.
I can’t recall the last time we saw one. There are some things to like about them. According to the article, one possum can kill 4 000 ticks a week! Therein lies our problem, I’m sure.
As a bit of trivia, I’ve always called them possums although I think the official term is opossum. I blame it on the Clampetts.
For a Sunday, your thoughts would be appreciated.
- possum, opossum, or o’possum?
- have you noticed a decline in possums in your area?
- have you noticed an increase in the number of ticks in your area?
- what disease is reportedly spread by ticks?
- what famous living Canadian was infected by this disease?
- are you itching yourself just like I am as I type this?
Please share your thoughts below.
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