Location and Background
  • A field test was done by Harvard University Researchers at The Crane Estate in Massachusetts.
  • There was a high incidence of Lyme disease in the area; roughly 35% of residents within a 5m distance and 66% of the residents bordering the area had contracted the disease.

Study Set-Up
 

  • Tick tubes were applied to the test area in 10 meter intervals. Mice gathered the specially treated material from the tick tubes
  • A control area was set up nearby where no Tick Tubes were applied
Results: Tick Tubes Solve the Problem
  • In the area treated with Tick Tubes, virtually all mice were tick free within 3 weeks of the first application whereas mice in the untreated areas continued to have many ticks on them
  • After two year, tests were done to verify tick reduction in the environment; no nymphal ticks were found in the treated area, whereas many nymphal ticks were found in the untreated area. (chart 2)
  • Complaints from visitors and employees about tick-bites or ticks found on skin or clothing were common before the study began, but were rare after treatment.
Conclusion: A safer environment for visitors and staff

Tick Tubes virtually eliminated ticks on mice and vegetation in the treated area, making the area safer from ticks and Lyme disease.

Tick Tubes Eliminated Ticks From Mice

Chart A
 
Ticks Attached to Mice
 
Treated Area
Non-Treated Area
Date
# of mice % with ticks Larval tick per Mouse # of mice % with ticks Larval tick per Mouse
Jul-87*
13 100 26 20 95 12
Aug-87
14 1 0 32 91 11
Sep-87
7 1 0 51 88 3
Jun-88
11 0 0 6 100 9
Sep-88
15 0 0 61 61 8
Jul-89
24 0 0 46 46 8
Sep-89
15 0 0 78 78 8

*Before treatment started

 

Tick Tubes Eliminated Ticks From Environment

 

Chart B
Treated Area
Non-Treated Area
Date
Nymphs/Hours Nymphs/Hours
12-Jun-89
0 150
15-Jun-89
0 13
16-Jun-89
0 57
28-Jun-89
0 60

 

For more information, read the scientific study

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