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The increase of tick populations and the risk of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses is a growing concern for many gardeners and lovers of the outdoors. Since knowledge is always the best first step in dealing with any problem, I thought it would make sense to talk to a scientist about ticks, so in this episode I talk to a biologist who researches ticks and Lyme disease! Dr. Vett Lloyd is a professor of Biology at Mount Allison University working on ticks and the pathogens they transmit. Have a listen and let me know what you think!
Here’s some of Dr. Lloyd’s publications if you’re in the mood for some interesting reading:
Motivations and Experiences of Canadians Seeking Treatment for Lyme Disease Outside of the Conventional Canadian Health-Care System
Combining public participatory surveillance and occupancy modelling to predict the distributional response of Ixodes scapularis to climate change.
Evidence for genetic hybridization between Ixodes scapularis and Ixodes cookei
Detecting the Lyme Disease Spirochete, Borrelia Burgdorferi, in Ticks Using Nested PCR
Lyme disease risk in dogs in New Brunswick.
Citizen Science and Community Engagement in Tick Surveillance-A Canadian Case Study.
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This episode has helped us a lot. We live near Lake Erie which historically has been overrun with ticks and the fear of lyme disease. We now have 6 Guinea fowl who are known for keeping the number of ticks down. Thank you for your info. Paul
I hope the g-fowl help!
wHY ARE CATS NOT SUSCEPTABLE TO LYME DISEASE AS DOGS ARE? i PICK TICKS OFF MY CAT ON A DAILY BASIS. i DO A NIGHTLY BODY INSPECTION ON MYSELF NIGHTLY.
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Thanks for such a informative podcast . As a person who spends lots of time out of doors ,gardening,hiking camping etc. This podcast information has been invaluable to me. Without a doubt the tick problem in our area has intensified over the last few years and being informed of the potential risks , and methods to help deter ticks is very helpful