A study that involves evaluating methods to control tick population in Howard County is underway. According to the County officials, there has never been a study similar to this one done in Maryland. The study is part of bigger project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to Howard County officials, the study will involve the testing of three tick control measures, the effectiveness of these measures utilized alone and in combination.
Seven places have been selected as study sites. During the first year of the project, officials will collect data about the tick populating. In the second year, the three tick control measures will be deployed.
The purpose of the study is to identify the most effective way to reduce the tick population and control ticks in residential communities.
Tick bites can be extremely dangerous, if they are not treated properly. While many people are under the impression that a tick’s favorite prey, this is a huge misconception. Ticks prefer animals to humans any day of the week, but when they are hungry they forget their preference and latch onto the skin of a humans.
Ticks carry diseases, including Ehrlichiosis, Heartland Virus, Borrelia Mayonii, Babesiosis and Lyme disease. Lyme disease is caused by Borrelia Burgdorferi, which is transmitted to humans through infected blacklegged ticks. If the disease is not treated promptly and properly, it can spread to the heart, nervous system and joints. However, with several weeks of antibiotic treatment, the victim will not experience any long-term side effects.
Proper tick control measures can keep the tick population to a minimum. This study could prove to be very valuable for Marylanders and all everyone else living in America.