Cornell Cooperative Extension of
Onondaga County is now recruiting 50 property owners to take part in a study
involving mice, the dominant mammalian reservoir host for the Lyme disease
bacterium. Potential participants would have over 1 acre of land, see regular
animal activity (aka deer multiple times a week), and the property would have
or be adjacent to a wooded area.
- The study would begin in spring 2024.
The owners would need to agree to participate for multiple years (up to 5) and
allow access to the property approximately 6 times a year (once each quarter to
replenish mouse bait, and up to twice during the spring nymph season for tick
drags- about 4 weeks in late April-May). We will remove all ticks
captured on drags for disease testing.
- The study may involve placement of small
rodent bait stations on the property. No poisons will be used and the study
will be minimally invasive to the property. Any equipment placed will be
maintained by CCE Onondaga.
Contact Harry for more information!