01 Dec “Mast Year” of Acorns, Harbinger of ticks to come?
I have been bombarded by questions about the huge crop of Acorns on my client’s properties this year. I myself have seen the same in my own yard. It turns out that this bumper crop (Mast Year), will most likely lead to a Lyme disease problem in 2012. How can that be you ask? Well, its all explained in this article that was recently published in the Poughkeepsie Journal by Richard S. Ostfeld and Charles D. Canham, scientists at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
According to the authors,
Our research predicts the acorn bumper crop of 2010 will cause a mouse population explosion in 2011, which in turn will result in abnormally large numbers of infected nymphal ticks in the summer of 2012.
So get your repellent ready and remember to check for ticks daily!
Read the whole story on PoughkeepsieJournal.com here – http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=201011070350