Did you know that you can be up to TWELVE TIMES MORE LIKELY to contract Lyme Disease if there is invasive Japanese barberry on your property? Studies indicate a 12.6 times greater density of deer ticks on property with a high density of Japanese barberry, versus a comparable wooded area with no Japanese barberry. (Source: UConn Extension Forestry Program).
For more information on the studies that have been conducted, risks, and control information see the Cooperative Extension Service's Japanese barberry information site.
Faith Middleton Show: Japanese Barberry and Lyme Disease (barberry segment begins about 25 minutes into sound clip).
Take Lyme Disease seriously. Note serious symptons on CDC information page.