04 Apr '12, 11am

Green Blog: Bracing for a Hungry Tick Season

People heading into the woods this spring in Northeastern states will be at higher risk than usual of coming down with Lyme disease , according to researchers at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y. Centers for Disease Control The tick population is expected to pose a far greater threat of Lyme disease transmission this spring. They do not blame deer or the recent mild winter for the increased threat, but rather fluctuating numbers of acorns and mice , said Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld , a disease ecologist who has studied the acorn-mouse-tick dynamic for 20 years. A bountiful acorn crop in 2010 led to peak populations of white-footed mice in 2011, giving black-legged ticks easy access to their preferred hosts, said Dr. Ostfeld, whose work is financed primarily by the National Science Foundation. But the boom cycle was followed by one of the smallest acorn ...

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