Does anyone know of any anti tick licks for deer or of trials going on to combat the increasing tick problem?
I used mite-y-lick a couple of years back on an enclosed herd of 140 reds. The blocks were expensive and initially the deer ate them like sweeties and i started to worry about the bank balance.
The results however were really pretty impressive. After 3mths the deer were almost tick free with any ticks that were still attached moribund. On carcasses you could see scabs where ticks had been and on inspection the mouth parts were still attached, so result!
Now i cant find any block or treatment anywhere. I know the Americans have something called a "four poster" which is basically a bait station that the deer use and rub against a roller to recieve a tick treatment. I can see in some bad tick areas having to start something similar if not for the deers sake then for the knock on human health / tourism.
But it will probably take a high profile celeb to come down with lymes disease to stir up enough attention to get anything done