Some brief points from the Integrated Tick Management Symposium

Richard Levine summarized some of the major topics discussed during the Integrated Tick Management Symposium held earlier this month in Washington, DC. The symposium was sponsored by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America, the IPM Institute of North America and the North Central IPM Center. You can get his report here. Below are some very brief bullet points summarizing the major topics.

  • Higher deer numbers mean higher tick numbers. Deer reduction was proposed as one of the methods to reduce tick populations.
  • Personal protection through repellents and habitat management are very important factors when it comes to preventing ticks. Some mechanical tools include a system that applies a pesticide to a deer’s neck as they feed on corn in a bin.
  • Reducing rodent populations, including chipmunks and squirrels, can also help reduce tick populations in an area.
  • Most people don’t know how to identify ticks. Some people get ticks confused with bed bugs.
  • Funding is needed for tick research.
  • We need a standard method of tick surveillance.
  • Expanding mosquito control districts into vector control districts that include ticks would be useful.
  • The most important priority is to raise awareness of the need for integrated tick management to make it more of a priority nationwide.

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