2018-07-25

Canada’s largest tick reduction project underway in MODL



  • <p>Contributed photo</p><p>Robbin Lindsay shows one of the deer bait stations to MODL Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson.</p>

The largest tick reduction research project of its kind is underway in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL).

Dr. Robbin Lindsay, a research scientist with the Public Health Agency of Canada, is in the municipality this week installing the first of 18 to 20 deer bait stations.

"The increasing prevalence of Lyme disease in our community is a serious concern," said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson in a news release.

"Our council believes it's vitally important for the municipality to get involved in trying to reduce tick populations, and in educating residents and visitors on the importance of tick checks.

"We've partnered with the Public Health Agency of Canada on the three-year bait station research project, and with Nova Scotia Public Health on an educational campaign."

According to Lindsay, the bait stations will be "stocked" by September 1, and will target tick populations when they become active again in the fall.

"A common myth is that there are no ticks out in the summer, but that's actually when there is the highest risk for contracting Lyme disease," Lindsay said.

"The nymphs are most active in the summer, and they're more difficult to see because of their small size. It's important to do a daily tick check after coming inside, and every night before bed. It's one of the most effective ways of preventing Lyme disease."

Under the program bait stations will be set up in a controlled area of the county, designed to attract and treat deer to reduce or eliminate the population of black legged ticks. The bait station rollers will apply Permethrin to the deer's ears as they feed from the station, killing the adult ticks.

If you're walking in the woods and come across a bait station, please exercise caution and do not touch the bait station.

A public education campaign will continue throughout the summer and fall, designed to encourage residents and visitors to conduct daily tick checks.

Additional signage in parks, outdoor facilities and on trails has been installed to advise users of the presence of ticks in the area.

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