Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Honeysuckle Increases Risk of Tick Borne Diseases

According to Brian F. Allan, PhD, invasive honeysuckle can increase the risk of tick borne diseases for humans. The cause of this spread is deer. Allan reported the density of white-tailed deer in areas invaded with honeysuckle was roughly five times higher than in areas without honeysuckle. Also, the density of nymph life stage ticks infected by bacteria which cause human disease was roughly ten times higher. Click here to read more.