Making Gardens Safer from Ticks: No More Wildlife Gardening by Susan Harris

I recently wrote about how gardeners freaked out about Lyme Disease are supposed to dress for gardening. It’s NOT a pretty picture and to prove that I’ll be posing for a shot of me in near-hazmat attire, ready to tackle a few gardening chores in my garden. Today we explore the tick-prevention changes we’re told to make to our gardens, a subject that’s even more depressing. How Ticks get on Gardeners About 70 percent of people that contract Lyme disease catch it from ticks in their own yards. So how does it happen? Ticks do not jump, fly or drop from trees, but grasp passing hosts from the leaf litter, tips of grass, etc. Most ticks are probably picked up on the lower legs and then crawl up the body seeking a place to feed. Adult ticks will, however, seek a host (i.e., deer) in the shrub layer several feet above the ground.” Of ticks that are in our lawns, most (82%) are located within 3 yards of the lawn perimeter, particularly along woodlands, stonewalls, or ornamental plantings...
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