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Lyme Spike Expected This Spring

A Lyme disease spike is expected this spring following a peak in the population of white-footed mice, the primary source of Lyme infection in deer ticks.

If you missed the Acorn Story about the coming spike in Lyme disease cases in the New York Times last fall, here’s the sequel. Blame acorns and mice for what’s coming down, said Richard Ostfeld, a scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. In an almost biblical succession, a bumper crop of acorns in 2010 begat a number of white-footed mice in 2011, which in turn begat tons of infected ticks that now are lying underfoot waiting to emerge in late spring. Last week, Dr. Ostfeld presented his findings at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta describing the situation as “a ticking time-bomb."

Accentuating the “acorn spike” this winter’s mild weather has encouraged ticks to be active earlier than usual. So this year more than most, we all have reason to be extra-vigilant in the back yard as well as in the woods. Remember, most cases of Lyme disease are contracted on our home properties.

Article:  http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20120316/NEWS04/303160028?source=nletter-topnews

Ticks: what to look for: http://www.timeforlyme.org/prevention-deer-ticks.html

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Leslie Yager March 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Vet also said spray water sudsy with Ivory soap on the yard. It repels ticks and is safe. A spoonful of apple cider vinegar in dog's water also repels.
Elyse March 27, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Coyotes killed a deer in our yard and it was a 2-3 year old, although a month later did find a fawn leg by the road, so yes, they eat the little ones too. Basically a pack took the deer down as we definitely have more than one in the neighborhood...
Peter Cardini March 27, 2012 at 04:20 PM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303404704577305630267988716.html
Leslie Yager March 27, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Peter C, Very informative article that includes a shout-out for Time For Lyme's 5K RUN on April 29th.
Janet Lapey May 26, 2012 at 11:43 PM
It is amazing that some people love animals more than they love people. Given the fact that the incidence of Lyme Disease goes down when the deer population goes down, and given the horrific nature of this disease (mostly unknown by the public), the solution is getting rid of the deer.

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