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…

Expert Tips For Ticks

Last weekend we went camping and we pulled a little tick off my son. This was actually our second tick we’ve pulled in the last few weeks. Yes, tick season is upon us in East Tennessee. Because of our proximity to so much wilderness and wildlife ticks are of even more concern and vigilance for…

What Not to Do With A Fire Ant Mound

Fire ants are growing in population throughout the southeast. If you have not had an experience with fire ants then count your blessings. These colonies of fire ants will swarm onto you, a child, a pet with unbelievable speed. Fire ants will then sting you (sometimes biting you to anchor themselves to sting you better) in…

How Do They Find West Nile Virus?

Spring is here and with spring comes mosquitoes. With mosquitoes comes the inevitable news of some mosquito being found to have West Nile Virus. West Nile Virus is a mosquito born illness that was isolated, for a time, to the Nile river of Eastern Africa. In recent decades though the WNV has gone completely global.…

Bed Bug Awareness Week

Apparently there is a week (or day/month) for just about everything. This week is Bed Bug Awareness week. Seriously. No joke, it is bed bug awareness week. Suppose that Bed Bug Awareness Week isn’t as crazy as “Pig in a Blanket Day” (yes, that is this week as well). So we thought we’d comb around the internet…

Birds of East Tennessee

We like to get outside with our children but then they start to ask the most impossible questions like: “Why does the sun come up?” “Why is the sky blue?” and “What bird is that?” Seriously kid, give us a break. Funny though, my children did not particularly care for my thorough explanation of the…