Robert's Rants
Robert's Rants
A personal blog on the Canadian pesticide industry and other pet peeves and interests

Scare Tactics or Preventative “Medicine”? Lyme Disease in Canada

This is in regards to my previous posts on having DeltaGard registered for the use of controlling all tick species, with the label allowing treatment of ticks that are known vector agents of Lyme disease.

This new product allows you as a Pest Control professional to expand your operation by offering a preventative treatment in and around the yard for ticks. Many ticks are considered a nuisance pest, much like the bed bug, and chemical control an option at this point. Vegetative management should always play a role.

But when it comes to controlling the tick specie that is the vector for Lyme disease, isn’t it better to take preventative measures by eliminating or reducing the population in areas known to have this insect? And where known cases have been prevalent?

I borrowed the following off a few known and trusted websites:

The first map shows areas of reported human cases in Eastern Canada only.

The second is areas where the threat to pets (that do contract Lyme disease) is located and the severity.

Is this building or capitalizing on a problem that doesn’t exist, or relying on “scare tactics” solely for the sake of increasing business?

In this case I don’t think so.

First off the problem does exist, and secondly prevention is much cheaper than cure.

As a home owner and dog owner, I would feel 100 times more comfortable if I knew that I had contracted out the service of a PMP to reduce my possible exposure to Lyme disease.

This is no different than the municipalities using IGR’s and BT’s to help reduce mosquitoes and prevent West Nile.

So I would think a good PMP should add this to their regular service. It does provide a new revenue stream, but it does serve your customer.

But use your professional ethics, utilizing IPM, monitoring etc. and charge a fair and reasonable price.