Why You Need to Know About Mice, Ticks, Warm Temperatures and Lyme Disease
The spread of Lyme disease has more than doubled since the year 2000. As the temperature rises, so do the amount of ticks and mice humans are coming into contact with.
Upwards of 90 percent of white-footed mice carry Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Blacklegged ticks, otherwise known as deer ticks, feed off these rodents and, in turn, pass the infection to humans.
The hotter it is, the more mice and ticks thrive. Unfortunately, the planet is warmer than ever before, thus more Lyme disease.
Sheila Haddad, vice president of sales for Bell Laboratories, offered her take on the situation.
“Rodent pressure is increasing,” said Haddad. “Mice used to seasonally enter homes primarily in the fall and winter months… But now it’s a year-round problem. Warmer winter means that more mice survive; it never gets cold enough to kill them.”
It would seem to only be getting worse.
The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies predicted another rise in Lyme diseases cases in 2017 along the Eastern Seaboard as acorns increase. White-footed mice love acorns and ticks love more mice.
Methods for eliminating the mice have been done before to apparently no avail. So the Cary Institute is trying its best to go after the deer ticks instead.
Just this April, a couple of tick-killing methods were tested in neighborhoods that were hot spots for Lyme disease.
Mice will be hard to keep out of our homes. They can squeeze into cracks as small as the size of a dime. So ridding the ticks that manage to bite humans seems like the right move to make.
It’s obvious climate change is causing a rise in mice and ticks. That means it is directly responsible for Lyme disease and further harm to us all.
If you have questions about Lyme disease and would like to learn more, contact Capital Medical Associates today.