Thursday, April 09, 2009

Oh Deer!

Last night, on the eleven o’clock news on WBAL-TV, there was this story about the rising number of cases of Lyme disease in Howard County. Dr. Peter Bielenson, the Howard County Health Officer, has attributed the increase to the new subdivisions encroaching on the deer’s habitat. Lyme disease is carried by ticks on deer and mice.

We have quite a few deer in our neighborhood. They regularly stroll between the houses at night feasting on the arborvitae plants.

Arborvitae is another one of those plants popular with new homebuilders. They are cheap, they grow fast, and they’re evergreens. Every home in our neighborhood has at least one planted in their yard. Most of them now look like this.
The deer love them.


Anonymous said...

good advertisement for a healthy hunting season