In Virginia, May has been declared Lyme awareness month. With the proliferation of deer and other animals and the migration of deer ticks south, we have had an explosion of Lyme disease in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and the District.
The Board of Supervisors of Loudoun County has come up with a 10 point plan to deal with the issue. Below is the edited list.
- Create a Lyme Disease Commission, appointed by the Board of Supervisors and made up of Loudoun citizens and health care professionals with an acute interest and expertise in Lyme disease prevention and education to implementing the 10 Point Plan.
- Create a Lyme survey to determine the current risk factors for contracting Lyme disease as well as any other relevant statistics that will enable a better determination of where work and funding should be directed.
- Add a high-profile link to the front page of the Loudoun County website with Lyme information.
- Develop a set of educational materials targeting different age groups, including elementary schools.
- Organize a series of Lyme Education Forums within the County.
- Work with the local newspapers to place a series of monthly articles concerning Lyme.
- Establish a list of doctors that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.
- Develop information for homeowners on the costs and benefits of spraying their yards for ticks.
- Provide a Lyme education awareness briefing to all children enrolled in Parks and Rec outdoor programs. There are about 10,000 children in these outdoor rec camps.
- Study the cost and feasibility of implementing two types of insecticide applications to mitigate the spread of Lyme disease in Loudoun: spraying county-owned properties and licensing and placement of 4-poster deer feeders on private and/or public property.
You can also talk to us here at Backyard Bug Patrol about our tick spray options. Don’t wait until it’s too late.