Lyme Disease


Reduce your chance of getting Lyme disease now.

Japanese barberry harbors ticks that carry Lyme disease.


Reduce the number of ticks on your property today.

  1. Find the invasive Japanese Barberry bushes and cut them to the ground.
  2. Pry up the roots with a pick or spray or paint the cut stems with Round Up.
  3. Replacing these invasives with native species.


Need Proof? Here are excerpts from a research paper showing results of testing done by the Research Department of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, published in the Scientific Journal Environmental Entomology. The title: “Managing Japanese Barberry Infestations Reduces Black legged Tick Abundance and Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi …” (Lyme disease.)


Their report found the number of ticks per mouse (J. Barberry is host to this mouse) was highest in those captured in dense Japanese Barberry. Turn over the page to see a chart of how many ticks they found in each area.


More from the DEP’s published article: “Results indicate that managing Japanese Barberry will have a positive effect on public health by reducing the number of B. burgdorferi-infected blacklegged ticks that can develop into motile life stages that commonly feed on humans.” From Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection


Here’s what Japanese barberry looks like.....
Infestation Fruit Black-legged Tick
Infestation Fruit Tick that carries Lyme
Seedlings Habitat
Inflorescence Seedlings Habitat


Look at the difference in the number of ticks in barberry and no barberry areas.


If you Contain barberry, you reduce ticks and control Lyme disease.

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