US (ME): Popular plant linked to Lyme disease pulled from state property

A popular plant linked to Lyme disease is now being pulled from property owned by the state of Maine.

"They're definitely a tick magnet; they're very much a tick magnet," state horticulturist Gary Fish said in August 2018.

Disease carrying ticks love Japanese barberry.

"It's unfortunate it's so pretty and people really like it," Fish said.

"Unfortunately those thickets become a fabulous tick habitat," said research ecologist Susan Elias at the Lyme and Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough.

Read more at WGME (Jon Chrisos)


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