Collaring a Mice that Carry Lyme Disease-Causing Ticks

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White-footed mice in Howard County, Maryland are being collared as partial of a investigate to urge control of a ticks that widespread Lyme disease. The rodent collaring research, never before finished in Maryland, is a partnership of a Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Howard County Department of Recreation Parks (HCRP), and University of Maryland (UMD).

The white-footed rodent is one of a hosts that provides a blood dish for a ticks that can widespread Lyme disease. Image credit: Phil Myers

The rodent tracking is partial of a incomparable five-year ARS Tick Management Project evaluating a use of minimal insecticide or integrated harassment government methods to reduce a series of black-legged ticks. Some of those ticks lift Lyme disease-causing germ and are around single-family yards and gardens adjacent to vast Howard County parks.

While ticks that widespread Lyme illness are ordinarily suspicion of in tie with deer, it is from putrescent white-footed mice that these ticks customarily acquire Borrelia burgdorferi, a germ obliged for a disease.

Starting today, an ARS and UMD group led by UMD connoisseur partner Grace Hummell will live trap 10 mice (5 males and 5 females) during any of 4 sites, regulating food and cotton, that is appealing nesting material, as bait. The 4 sites are nearby Cedar Lane Park, Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, Centennial Park, and Rockburn Park.

Entomologist Andrew Li, with a ARS Invasive Insect Biocontrol Behavior Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, who coordinates a Tick Management Project wants a information to improved know how white-footed mice respond to attract boxes that embody parasite treatments like accepted insecticides.

“We need a systematic basement for where we put a attract boxes, so we can have a sound expectancy that mice will get adequate acaricide to kill a ticks,” pronounced Li. Understanding a home operation and activity settlement of mice will assistance urge host-targeted parasite control.”

Once a rodent is captured, a group will fit it with a little VHF radio collar to lane a movements during durations of a subsequent 6 weeks. The collars do not embody GPS tracking units. Next, a group will recapture a mice and mislay their collars.

Phase dual will come after a collaring season. This will engage grid-trapping and releasing mice over mixed nights so changes in their locations is traced.

Source: ARS

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