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Lyme Spike Expected This Spring

Lyme disease spike coming this spring according to experts.

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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Johnandrew March 25, 2012 at 11:47 PM
The March 7th NYT reported a pesticide developed in Connecticut that targets the tick. Has anone heard of an available product for use by landowners? John
Jaimie Cura March 26, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Hi Johnandrew - I saw on Fairfield Patch that Tick-Ex won't be available until 2014, but Peter Wild did blog about permethrin on March 14 - readers commented too with lots of input and suggestions. http://woodbury-middlebury.patch.com/blog_posts/ill-just-go-out-to-the-wood-pile-c898d1a2
Carl Kolchak April 10, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Just pulled a tick off my leg and noticed the old bull's eye rash. Dr. put me on Doxycycline. Gotta start using some Deep Woods Off when I go into the back yard.
Peter Wild April 10, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Carl, They're out there. Congratulations on noticing the bite - and getting a course of Doxy right away. Chances are that will take care of it!

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