Tick-Borne Disease May Surge In Connecticut This Year

March 19, 2012
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Make sure you protect yourself, your outdoor cats, dogs and of course your children because of unusually large number of ticks this year.

“Northeasterners may very well see a spike in tick-borne disease during this spring and summer, but not because of the non-winter we’ve had.  The numbers of blood-seeking, disease-infected black-legged nymphal ticks will be due to a series of events that began with the acorn crop of 2010,” writes Joene’s Garden.

“You may recall having to rake, and rake, and rake acorns off your lawn  in 2010. It was a bumper acorn crop that led to an increased white-footed mouse population in 2011. More food equals more mice. Not only are mice the preferred host for Ixodes scapularis – black-legged ticks – but mice are really good at transmitting Borrelia burgdorferi – Lyme disease – to ticks. Actually, mice are better at infecting tick larva than other tick hosts such as deer, birds, squirrels, chipmunks, fox and opossum. More food equals more mice equals more disease-infected tick larva.”

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