For more information on the ticks and their ability to transmit Lyme and other diseases to humans, as discussed in the article by Robert S Lane and Natalia Fedorova in the July 2011 issue of Pacific Horticulture, consider the following resources provided by the authors:
Eisen, Lars, Rebecca J. Eisen, and Robert S. Lane. 2004. “The roles of birds, lizards, and rodents as hosts for the Western black-legged tick Ixodes pacificus.” Journal of Vector Ecology 29: 295-308.
Lane, Robert S. 1989. “Treatment of clothing with a permethrin spray for personal protection against the Western black-legged tick, Ixodes pacificus (Acari: Ixodidae).” Experimental and Applied Acarology 6: 343-352.
Lane, Robert S. 1996. “Risk of human exposure to vector ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) in a heavily utilized recreational area in northern California.” American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 55: 165-173.
Lane, Robert S. 2008. “Lyme disease in California.” Pest Notes, Publication 7485. University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. 5 pp.
Lane, Robert S, Stephen A Manweiler, Harrison A Stubbs, Evelyne T Lennette, John E Madigan, and Paul E Lavoie. 1992. “Risk factors for Lyme disease in a small rural community in northern California.” American Journal of Epidemiology 136: 1358-1368.
Lane, Robert S, Denise B Steinlein, and Jeomhee Mun. 2004. “Human behaviors elevating exposure to Ixodes pacificus nymphs and their associated bacterial zoonotic agents in a hardwood forest.” Journal of Medical Entomology 41: 239-248.
Piesman, Joseph, and Lars Eisen. 2008. “Prevention of tick-borne diseases.” Annual Review of Entomology 53: 17.1-17.21.
Stafford, III, Kirby C. 2007. “Tick Management Handbook.” Bulletin 1010. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT (available online at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/lyme/resources/handbook.pdf).
Vásquez, Marietta, Catherine Muehlenbein, Matthew Cartter, Edward B Hayes, Starr Ertel, and Eugene D Shapiro. 2008. “Effectiveness of personal protective measures to prevent Lyme disease.” Emerging Infectious Diseases 14: 210-216.
California Lyme Disease Association: www.lymedisease.org
Tick repellants and sprays: www.scs-mall.com
Lyme Information: www.lymeinfo.net