Lyme disease control via large packs of domestic cats
Image credit: Anna M. Schotthoefer
Richter D, Spielman A, Komar N, Matuschka F. Competence of American Robins as Reservoir Hosts for Lyme Disease Spirochetes. Emerg Infect Dis. 2000;6(2):133-138. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid0602.000205
How could this idea be tested?
- no cats for the first year (collecting ticks from dogs, horses, cows, etc)
- 1 cat the next year (collecting ticks from cats, dogs, horses, cows)
- 5 cats the next year
- 10 cats the next year
- 20 cats the next year
Apparently dogs are a better option
Lawnmowing and sprinkling the grass with diluted aromatic oils that repel ticks
- Regular lawnmowing - will reduce the attachable surface for ticks, expose the rest to the sun (and probably mechanically kill some, too)
- Sprinkling the grass with aromatic oils diluted in water. As we already mentioned, some plants have oils that, in a more or less efficient way, repel ticks.
Natural, safe, and sustainable change in the environment that ticks won't like - planting a natural repellent