Gardening on the Planet

Gardener’s Scourge

The New York Times has an interesting discussion of Lyme disease this week–mostly interesting for how few answers it offers.  

Opossums as tick eliminators is intriguing.  However, there are surely many other warm succulent creatures in the woods that ticks feed on that are less good at biting them off.  So I fail to see how opossums represent much tick control.  Local lore is that Guinea fowl are extraordinarily good at gobbling up ticks. 

Posted by on July 29, 2009 at 8:35 am, in the category Gardening on the Planet.
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7 responses to “Gardener’s Scourge”

  1. gardenmentor says:

    I’m glad they’re covering this epidemic. My mom has been suffering for over a year; it is a crippling disease. And, there are so few answers out there for sufferers.

  2. jaz says:

    chickens eat ticks and peacocks love them.

  3. johanna says:

    ticks of all sizes and types are
    abundant here in Ga. primarily due
    to deer population. several friends
    here have been treated for lyme’s.
    our county offers yearly spraying,
    but i’m organic. best control is
    guinea fowl, vigilance, and a wide
    strip of duct tape around your hand.
    the sticky will remove the smallest ones (seed ticks, or “nymph” stage) and trap any others not dug in.

  4. Plantanista (Maureen D) says:

    We lost a great plant breeder to Lyme. Dr. Don Egolf, from the US National Arboretum.

    It is a debilitating, awful condition.

  5. I’m terrified of Lyme after witnessing what it has done to th quality of life to some of my older gardening friends.

  6. L. Greene says:

    I nominate Mead’s milkweed, Asclepius meadii. It is a rare, longlived species found on virgin prairie.

  7. Old Kim says:

    I don’t have to go anywhere. Just open my eyes and I’m a loser. Best nurseries in the local paper
    and someone can say they’re better than me. Lyme insects are city dwellers. Why are city dweller’s being eatin by misquotoes? Drain the old water.
    Is this a garden disease like aides?
    Screw me.