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RE: [walks-and-rambles-in-RI] Important tick information

From: Brian M.
Sent on: Thursday, January 24, 2013 9:12 AM

I also have done some studying on the life cycle of deer ticks and associated Lyme disease and have developed a theory that I found substantiated by some research.  It is something each of us can do in an effort (all be it a small one) to minimize our chances of contracting Lyme which can be quite debilitating.  The below diagram illustrates a deer ticks life cycle which is about 2 years. 


tick lifecycle


It would seem to be most effective to interrupt the life cycle in the early stages during the nymphal period.  I have read in some literature that people have placed old paper towel tubes (biodegradable) filled with  permethrin soaked cotton balls.  Permethrin is highly toxic to ticks but not toxic to mammals (especially humans).  The mice use the cotton for their nests and it kills all the nymphal ticks that attach to them and therefore there will be a corresponding drop in deer tick populations and Lyme disease.  This method is safe and has been used in Texas and other places for deer tick control.  The only caveat would be to keep it away from water because permethrin is toxic to fish.  It is just an idea but certainly a plausible one in an effort to take extra steps to keep all of us safe.  Permethrin can be purchased at REI and it is far more effective against ticks than deet.  At the very least I would suggest to apply it to your clothing in an effort to thwart any tick encounters.

I hope this helps everyone.

Take care,



From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Leanne
Sent: Wednesday, January 23,[masked]:26 PM
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Subject: [walks-and-rambles-in-RI] Important tick information



Hello to all, the above link is something I thought was worthwhile to share w/ members. There is alot of good info on this site.



      Dr. Mather guy from URI who created this webpage is apparently quite the regional expert on this subject. There are some interesting links including ways to have tick-resistant clothing.

Check it out!



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