Researchers have tried different ways to diminish the tick population. To date, none of it has been successful as the continued spread of tick-borne’ diseases proves. Attempts to reduce the deer population one of the hosts that carry ticks has not proven effective.
Image of Black Tick – Rysard
But there is new hope on the horizon as a diligent researcher in the Netherlands, Tim R. Hofmeester, has discovered that when the population of the fox and other natural predators to the mice that help to spread ticks is high, the tick population is low.
According to the New York Times,
If the study’s results are borne out by more research, public health officials might be moved to try interventions like protecting foxes or factoring the habitat needs of particular predators into land-use decisions to foster their population size.