MLP Newsline MLP Mar2019 NL_w

NEWSLINE Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals MARCH 2019 The Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals elevates the professional standards and business success of its members through education, certification, advocacy, and networking . 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT Brian Paige, MCLP Paige Landscape Company, Inc. Wellesley, MA VICE PRESIDENT Steve Davis, MCLP Bigelow Nurseries Northboro, MA SECRETARY/TREASURER Brian Churchill, MCLP, CSP The GroundsKeeper, Inc. Ashland, MA DIRECTOR Karen Kerr, MCLP Harrison McPhee, Inc. Millis, MA PAST PRESIDENT Cara Christopher, MCLP BrightView Landscapes Boston, MA EDUCATIONAL ADVISOR Mike Davidsohn, MCLP University of Massachusetts Stockbridge Landscape Contracting Program Amherst, MA MANAGEMENT TEAM M. Virginia Wood, CMP Peggy Benjamin Kristen Dreyer Carrie Martin Charissa Sharkey Protecting Yourself Against Tick-Borne Diseases Tick-borne diseases are a hot button in New England and landscape professionals are at risk of exposure every day. MLP’s February dinner meeting featured a great presentation by Larry Dapsis, Entomologist and Deer Tick Project Coordinator for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension System. He reviewed the life cycle, ecology and diseases, and trends of both ticks and mosquitoes. Everyone in attendance learned a lot about how they can better protect themselves in the field. disease-causing microbes in ticks. As the popu- larity of the service grows, the amount of data collected has also grown and they now share that data as part of Tick-Borne Disease Net- work passive surveillance that they hope will continue to provide unprecedented insights as to who is being bitten by ticks, when they get bitten, and what pathogens those ticks are car- rying. They welcome feedback on their web page and encourage every- one to SAVE THE TICKS! An Ounce of Prevention Having your tick tested is easy! Tick checks and the proper use of repellents can effectively lower the risk of getting tick- borne diseases. Repellent products with active ingredients like Deet are for exposed skin. Premethrin is for clothing and footwear. Once Bitten, Take Action! Prompt removal of an attached tick is highly recommended. The longer the tick is attached the higher the risk of diseases transmission. The transmission rate of Powassan virus is 15 min- utes. Check yourself, your family, and pets often. Lyme Isn’t the Only Concern Just follow five simple steps: 1. Place the tick in a sealable plastic bag. 2. Complete the online submission form at and pay $15 fee with credit card online or enclose a check. 3. Label the bag with the order number assigned by TickReport 4. Send the tick to: Laboratory of Medical Zoology Fernald Hall, UMass, 270 Stockbridge Rd. Amherst, MA 01003 5. Your TickReport will be sent to you in about three business days. Deer ticks can infect people with the microbes that may cause Lyme, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, relapsing fever and Powassan. Lone Star and Dog Ticks can transmit different microbes as well. To learn more, please visit: ➜ Send a Tick to College: The mission of the Laboratory of Medical Zool- ogy at UMass is to provide a professional tick testing service to public individuals and agen- cies seeking more information about the risk of dangerous pathogens. They’ve developed a battery of tests through years of research on Smart business. Powerful connections. 8-D Pleasant Street South Natick, MA 01760 phone: (508) 653-3373 fax: (508) 653-4112 (continued on page 3) Larry Dapsis (left), seen here with MLP President Brian Paige, MCLP at the February dinner meeting. Larry provided great information on how to protect against tick-borne diseases.