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Tick Control Hoax, Part Deux

Some years back, we reported on what, at the time, seemed like one of the least intelligent and most misdirected tick "management" schemes we could imagine. We commented about reports of doctors advising patients to wear dog or cat flea collars around their ankles and necks to ward off ticks and thereby prevent Lyme disease. The recommendation a year later by a popular horticulture radio program to dust cut Christmas trees with flea and tick powder to control ticks matched the flea- collar-on-the-ankles routine for stupidity but was at least less likely to cause damaging human exposure.

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