BROOKLINE, Mass., Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This week the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a study stating the annual number of recorded Lyme disease cases in the U.S. has grown to 300,000 – an increase of 900 percent. Deer ticks are the main culprits for infecting Americans with the dreaded disease, and the dramatic increase in reported cases may leave many Americans wondering how they can protect themselves, children and pets from these harmful pests. Damminix Tick Tubes provides an effective solution to control deer ticks for individuals and communities.
"Homeowners trying to kill ticks in their own yards need to target the rodents that carry the Lyme disease bacteria," says the CDC's Division of Vector-Borne Diseases Director Lyle Petersen in its recent report.
That's how Tick Tubes target deer ticks. Developed at the Harvard School of Public Health, Damminix relies on the natural nesting instincts of rodents that carry Lyme disease and is the only rodent-targeting deer tick control solution on the market today.
"Historically, people focused on deer as the culprit, but it's mice that spread Lyme disease," says Damminix Company Director Ariana Ganak. "When deer ticks hatch, they are disease free. Immature ticks feed on mice twice a year, and when they bite the infected mouse they become carriers of Lyme and pass it on to the unsuspecting general public. At long last people are becoming aware that mice are the real cause of this public health epidemic, and we have the product that can prevent its spread."
Damminix Tick Tubes are biodegradable tubes filled with permethrin-treated cotton. Homeowners simply place tubes around their property in the spring and again in the late summer. Mice collect the treated cotton to build their nests. Through nesting with the material, the tick-killing permethrin is delivered to this host animal and the ticks it infects. Deer ticks that feed on mice in the spring and fall are exposed to permethrin and killed, while mice, beneficial insects, other mammals and the environment are unharmed.
Damminix Tick Tubes provides an easy to use and precisely targeted solution to kill deer ticks. They have proven results of up to a 97 percent reduction in exposure to ticks that could pass along Lyme disease.
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