DAMMINIX KILLS DEER TICKS THAT CAUSE LYME DISEASE 
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 DAMMINIX KILLS DEER TICKS THAT CAUSE LYME DISEASE

The Lyme Disease Community Coalition of Chester County PA (LDCC) is offering a
product as a public service to help people protect themselves and their
families from Lyme Disease right in their own yards. It kills the deer ticks
that cause Lyme Disease.  It is called Damminix.  Tests on Long Island have
shown that Damminix reduces the number of infected deer ticks well over 90%.

        Here is some general information about Damminix:

Q.      What is Damminix?
A.      A product that will kill the deer ticks in your yard that cause Lyme
Disease.  It consists of cotton balls treated with permethrin in biodegradable
cardboard tubes.

Q.      How does Damminix work?
A.      Mice will find the cotton to use for a nesting material.  The
permethrin does not harm the mice but will kill deer ticks attempting to attach
to the mice.  Mice are a major factor in spreading Lyme Disease in your yard.
The deer ticks cause Lyme Disease.

Q.      Where should Damminix be used?
A.      Place the tubes near mouse habitats: around the edges of yards, brush
areas, under woodpiles, stone walls, in sheds, under decks, along fences but
not on open lawns.  Don't forget your garage, ba{*filter*}t and attic.

Q.      When should Damminix tubes be placed to control deer ticks?
A.      Place tubes twice a year-- first in April/May and then again in
July/August.

Q.      What is Permethrin?
A.      Permethrin is a synthetic chemical developed to simulate the natural
chemical pyrethrum that protects plants from insect attack.  It will kill deer
ticks and insects. It was developed in the 1970's primarily by the Department
of Agriculture and has been used successfully since then.  It is also available
in a spray form under several brand names for use on boots, shoes and clothing
to repel and kill deer ticks.  

Q.      Who should use Damminix tubes?
A.      Anyone who lives in an area where there is considerable Lyme Disease
and an area where deer and mice are seen.  People who have wooded or partially
wooded lots are particularly at risk to being bitten by the deer ticks that
cause Lyme Disease.

Q.      How many Damminix tubes should be placed to provide protection?
A.      That depends on the size and makeup of the lot where you live.  As a
rule of thumb, a box of 24 tubes should cover a lot of 1/2 acre.

 Q.     Why should I use Damminix to treat my yard?
A.      Damminix? provides significant protection from the deer ticks that
cause Lyme Disease (see brochure from EcoHealth, Inc.).  It is less intrusive
than spraying your yard broadly with a pesticide and more cost-effective.
Damminix? is easy to use compared to spraying and much safer.

Q.      How safe is Damminix?
A.      Damminix has received EPA registration.  Of course, use care when
handling any product containing chemicals. Wear gloves when handling the tubes
and wash hands after handling the tubes.  Follow all directions carefully and
read the EcoHealth brochure and label on the box for further information.  All
things considered, it is far less invasive than trying to spray your entire
yard with a pesticide.

Q.      What is the cost of Damminix?
A.      The retail price of Damminix is $69.99 per box of 24 tubes.  Two
treatments then would cost approximately $140 for the year.  That is far less
costly than getting Lyme Disease

Q.      How will Damminix be delivered to me?
A.      You have two options.  You can pick up your order at a regular monthly
LDCC meeting.   Or, you can have your order shipped to you at a small extra
charge.  Please check the appropriate box on the Order Form.

Q.      Where will profits go from sales of Damminix?
A.      All proceeds after costs are covered will go to support the educational
mission of the LDCC.  The LDCC is the largest and oldest organization focusing
on Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses in the Chester County PA area.
It is all volunteer and non-profit. Its mission includes providing monthly
support group meetings, education and helping people prevent getting Lyme
Disease.   The LDCC meets every 2nd Wednesday at 7:00PM at the Chester County
Hospital- Mira Conference Room in West Chester, PA.  Call (610) 384-9622 if you
need directions.

For Damminix information and order form, send your name & snail mail address
to:

        Larry Linford
        LDCC- Damminix? Project Chair
        1104 Wilderness Trail
        Downingtown, PA 19335-4044
        (610) 269-7422



Mon, 07 Oct 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 DAMMINIX KILLS DEER TICKS THAT CAUSE LYME DISEASE
This product makes much more sense to me than spraying does, it targets the primary vector, not innocent beneficial bystanders.
However is it just me, or does 69.99 seem sort of high for a box full of cardboard tubes.(available at the end of all sorts of


damminix.

Price gouging aside I still like this idea, perhaps this is something that government could subsidize?Oh right, first we have to
convince them how prevalent Lyme is.   In the mean time I think I am going to start saving the tubes at the end of plastic wrap,
they are pretty sturdy and would last for months outside, and --is anyone going to Wal-Mart?



Mon, 07 Oct 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 DAMMINIX KILLS DEER TICKS THAT CAUSE LYME DISEASE
I have no financial interest in Damminix

We have been using it on our property for 4-5 years and it seems to work really
wel.I have not seen a deer tick on our property for 3-4 years.



Mon, 07 Oct 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 DAMMINIX KILLS DEER TICKS THAT CAUSE LYME DISEASE
It sounds like something you could try to do yourself.  I think you have to put
the cardboard tubes with the permethrin soaked cotton balls within about 3 feet
of each other and all around your property.  Once the nesting stuff is used up,
the new batch of mice or the neighbor's mice could carry in a whole new bunch
of ticks, it would seem to me.  And then there are migrating birds... and all
the other small and medium sized mammals and, of course, deer that traverse or
occupy the same property..... Aarrgghh!
Ann


Mon, 07 Oct 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 DAMMINIX KILLS DEER TICKS THAT CAUSE LYME DISEASE
Damminix is relatively expensive. However, it is cheap compared to Lyme
disease,even an early diagnosed treatable case. In theory it would reduce the
incidence of Erlichiosis and Babesiosis too.

I am not sure doing the cotton ball/cardboard tube thing is worth handling the
Permithrin. Just my opinion.  

Martha A.



Tue, 08 Oct 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 DAMMINIX KILLS DEER TICKS THAT CAUSE LYME DISEASE
With respect to human toxicity, permethrin is very safe pesticide compared to
others.


Wed, 09 Oct 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 DAMMINIX KILLS DEER TICKS THAT CAUSE LYME DISEASE
Thanks Jim. Human toxicity is always a concern. DDT has caused so much
hysteria, rightfully or wrongfully. Some researchers feel that the increase in
tick populations occurred when the use of DDT went down. Just some cooking.net">food for
thought here.

Martha A.  



Wed, 09 Oct 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 DAMMINIX KILLS DEER TICKS THAT CAUSE LYME DISEASE
From what I read, it pretty much breaks down on the skin in humans.

This is a very dangerous chemical on cats, so please don't spray on your
little kitties and be careful when you handle cats with the spray on your
clothing. They{*filter*} it from their hair and their livers cannot detoxify it
well so it can kill them.

Rita

Quote:

>With respect to human toxicity, permethrin is very safe pesticide compared
to
>others.



Wed, 09 Oct 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 
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