There is scientific evidence of a relationship between ticks and barberry,a plant commonly used by landscapers and often seen in our own backyards. Connecticut towns, headed off by Newtown, Conservation Commission have initiated a "Barberry Blitz" to try and educate the public about this invasive and insidious plant.
Why we should control barberry in our yards – the barberry-tick connection
Japanese Barberry grows wild but frequently can be found in many landscaped lawns in Newtown. Unfortunately, barberry is an invasive plant, and perhaps even more importantly, it poses a health risk, harboring black-legged ticks which can cause tick borne diseases. Barberry is one of the first shrubs to green up in the spring, providing an opportunity for early identification. Search IPANE for Berberis thunbergii for additional pictures.
Issues with barberry:
What can you do to help?