Landscape practices reduce the odds of tick bites

I've talked with people who hesitate to go outside, so worried are they of getting another tick bite. It's been almost 40 years since the disease some ticks carry was named for our local town, Lyme, CT. Researchers from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) have investigated the problem for years. Here's my recent interview with Dr. Kirby Stafford III, the lead tick researcher at CAES. If you have trouble with the link, please download the PDF below. 

tick safe zones can be assisted with gravel borders

The photo on the right shows one of the landscape practices recommended by Dr. Stafford--a border of dry materials, in this case river stone, separating woods from sunny lawn area. 

CAES researchers recently confirmed the extraordinarily high incidence of ticks in woodlands where the nonnative invasive shrub Japanese barberry has spread throughout the forest understory.  

Visit the CAES web site. The search bar on their web site leads to a list of the many guides and papers they offer at no charge from the link above. 

 

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