Lime for Lyme: Treatment of Leaf Litter with Dolomitic Lime Powder Impairs Activity of Immature Ixodes scapularis Ticks

TitleLime for Lyme: Treatment of Leaf Litter with Dolomitic Lime Powder Impairs Activity of Immature Ixodes scapularis Ticks
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2024
JournalVector Borne Zoonotic Dis.
Date Published05/2024
AuthorsRocheleau JP, Aenishaenslin C, Dumas A, Pelletier J, Leighton PA, Bouchard C
Keywordsintervention, Ixodes scapularis, lime, Lyme disease, physical acaricide, tick-borne diseases
Abstract

This study provides the first experimental evidence of the potential efficacy of liming for impairing activity of questing immature ticks. Given that lime is a low-cost material, that methods for widespread application in deciduous woodlands already exist, and that it has been documented as having a limited negative impact on the environment, further assessment of lime application as a public health risk reduction intervention for tick-borne diseases is warranted.