New Methods for Preventing Lyme Disease

Saturday, August 18, 2007 General News J E 4
FREDERICK, Md., Aug. 16 With symptoms ranging from fever,headaches and fatigue to damaging infections of the joints, heart and nervoussystem, Lyme disease is a significant health concern.

Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria Borrelia Burgdorferi which istransmitted to humans and animals through tick bites. "Although many tickspecies can transmit Lyme disease, deer ticks are primary carriers in theUnited States," says Jason Wiles, wildlife control expert and general managerof

White-tailed deer are the favorite hosts of deer ticks. In the warm summermonths, when deer become extremely active, deer ticks thrive. As deer enterbackyards in search of food, deer ticks and Lyme disease follow.

According to Wiles, "deer fencing is the most effective means forexcluding deer." Wiles adds that "animal repellents, which deter deer usingodors and chemicals, and animal scaring devices, which deter deer usingsounds, can be satisfactory alternatives when deer fencing is not feasible."

According to the National Center for Biological Information, a division ofthe National Institute of Health, the use of deer fencing has been proven toreduce the risk of Lyme disease by 83-97% ( ).Without deer entering the area surrounding your home, new deer ticks becomelimited and eventually, existing deer ticks become scarce.

When choosing a method for deer control, factors to consider includeenvironmental impact, cost, value, safety, aesthetics and practicality.

"Deer fencing is available in a variety of sizes, styles and prices andcan be judged by its strength (or breaking load), warranty, ease ofinstallation and the aesthetics of its design," explains Wiles. "Virtuallyinvisible deer fencing, for example, can be highly effective withoutdisrupting the look of surrounding property."

According to Wiles, "non-toxic, organic deer repellents can be anexcellent alternative to harsh chemical repellents. In addition to theenvironmental benefits, organic repellents can be safer for children andpets."

By protecting your living area from deer, you may reduce your risk of Lymedisease by as much as 97%. For additional information on deer controlproducts, visit wildlife control retailer DeerBusters at: .



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