The More Ticks The Merrier!
The more ticks the merrier! Not something you would often find us saying, but research has suggested that if your back yard has an abundance of ticks that are of a diverse species, then the number of tick species that carry Borrelia burgdorferi (the bacteria that causes Lyme disease) would likely decline, as the diversity of host species for ticks increases. This is known as the dilution effect and the following article has more information.
Researchers studying the spread of Lyme disease have closely investigated the dynamics involved among ticks, their animal hosts, humans, and the habitats in which they all live. One principle that has come to be understood is the dilution effect, which suggests that the abundance of the pathogen Borrelia burgdorferi (the bacteria that causes Lyme disease) falls as the diversity of host species for ticks increases.
Don’t get us wrong! We’re not encouraging the need for more ticks and it’s still just as important as it ever was to make sure your tick control is kept up to date for your back yard. We’ll share just something positive about ticks in this post… for a change.