Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Traveling Ticks Another Factor on Subject of Bird Feeders and Lyme

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Traveling Ticks Another Factor on Subject of Bird Feeders and Lyme

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Regarding "Bird feeders help spread disease" (Longer View, Dec. 29):

The letter about bird feeders helping to spread Lyme disease is certainly something to consider. I'm a bird feeder who has been bitten twice by deer ticks, but I never developed Lyme disease. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation contends that a primary carrier for Lyme disease in my area is the deer mouse. Deer mice nest in homes, sheds, stored boats and parked cars. I have had deer mice nesting in my shed and at one point in the frame of my boat trailer, but I've never seen evidence of them at the feeder out in the yard.

When ticks are active during warm weather, and going through their life cycle, the newly hatched young ticks cling to plants hoping to attach to a passing critter. There is not much tick attaching going on in the cold months, when bird feeders are commonly in use. …

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