Scientists in Connecticut, where Lyme Disease all started back in the mid 1970′s, have been working with a European biotech company to make a non-synthetic pesticide based upon a strain of fungus which kills the ticks and not the environment around them.
Lyme Disease is one of the most rapidly emerging infectious diseases according to the CDC and 2012 is expected to the be worst year for Lyme Disease cases.
Scientists are hoping this new pesticide will be available in 2 years. The name of it is ”F52 strain of Metarhizium Anisopliae fungus.” It uses no synthetic chemicals, relying instead on a strain of fungus that occurs naturally in soil, and that targets pretty much little else other than the black-legged tick.
The Maine Medical Center’s Vector-Borne Disease Lab in South Portland, a non-profit research institute dedicated to studying and controlling lyme disease and other emerging tick-borne diseases wants to start testing this product out as soon as possible as Maine is having a rapid increase of Lyme Disease.
Scientists say even if your backyard is fully sprayed with pesticide, you should still cover up when walking in the woods, and check yourself for ticks. The best way is to wear light colored clothing so you have a chance to see the black legged ticks.
Most ticks can be found here on you:
- Under the arms
- In and around the ears
- Inside belly button
- Back of the knees
- In and around all head and body hair
- Between the legs
- Around the waist
You should also try to prevent deer from entering your yard. Deer are the main food source for adult ticks. Keep deer away from your home by removing plants that attract deer and constructing physical barriers that may help discourage deer from entering your yard and bringing ticks with them.
Have you noticed more ticks this year than last year in your area?