Snakes in the Smokies

WVLT had a quick little report highlighting that snakes are indeed out and about this time of year in our area (click link to view video report while available). GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) — Snake are out in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and rangers say there are a few things you should know before your next hike…

Lyme Disease Awareness

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Yes, there is a month for everything it seems. As we are closing out May we thought we’d share a few key pieces of information and perspective. Lyme disease is spread through a black legged tick, also known as a ‘deer tick’. Ticks can attach to any part of…

8 Crazy Bug Phobias

What is your initial reaction when you see a bug? What is your reaction when you see a bug that you really hate? What is your reaction when you see a bug that you are afraid of? We all might be aware that arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. I think we all are freaked…

How to Protect Against Carpenter Bees

Some of the local east Tennessee news is a buzz (pun intended) with spring emergence of carpenter bees. Springtime, and early summer, is their typical time to show up and start boring their holes into soft wood to create nest spots for laying eggs. Females will tunnel into softwoods; pine, cedar, or wood structures with…

How to Remove a Tick

Ticks are everywhere this time of year in East Tennessee. If you are like us then you like to get outside and that puts you at some risk to have one of these nasty little parasites chomp your skin in and suck your blood. You can try to prevent them all you want, but inevitably…