Study: Controlled burns reduce ticks, Lyme disease

By Ad Crable

Jan. 13, 2023

Prescribed fire

A prescribed fire takes place at the Arboretum at Penn State. (Courtesy of the Arboretum at Penn State)

As tick-borne Lyme disease continues to spread in Pennsylvania and other Chesapeake Bay drainage states, a new study suggests more use of prescribed burns on public and private forests could help reduce both the numbers of ticks and incidence of the disease.

In a paper published in Ecological Applications, researchers from Penn State, the U.S. Forest Service and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said the increased use of prescribed fire by forest managers to control invasive plants, improve wildlife habitat and restore ecosystem health can also help knock down the tick problem.  (See link for article)



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