Experts are expecting that this year could be the worse year for ticks thanks to the mild winter, and Fairfax County, Va. is hoping a pink pesticide will squash the deer ticks and lyme disease.
According to the Washington Examiner, the county is setting up 20 feeding stations loaded with corn. For the deer to get to the corn, though, they're going to have to walk through a paint roller that will have a pink-dyed pesticide, "killing their ticks and painting them a striking day-glo pink in the process, allowing researchers to identify and track treated deer."
The dye fades in about four days, and does not harm the deer. Biologist Vicky Monroe started the program after hearing about a similar one in Maryland. If it keeps just a few ticks off of humans and pets, I'm all for it. The study will last until 2015.
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