Ticked off at Lyme disease: Weston slated to be part of experimental study
Its active chemical ingredient is bifenthrin, a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide that affects the nervous system of insects and is commonly used to kill termites.
Excerpted from WestonForum.com ( Posted: 03/16/2011 )
A new effort to battle Lyme disease in Weston could help to reduce the number of tick-borne illnesses in the area, but critics worry that the proposed pesticide could damage the environment.
The Westport Weston Health District is seeking 130 households in Weston and Westport to participate in an experimental study that begins in May.
For this study, the health district is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control, which is funding it, and Yale University’s emerging infections program, which is monitoring the results.
The project calls for spraying a single application of the pesticide Talstar around the perimeter of a yard to see if it decreases the incidents of tick-borne illnesses. Half the yards in the study will be sprayed with the pesticide, while the others will be sprayed with plain water to avoid false positives.