Tick-Borne Disease Ecology: Research Program of Freehold Township
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Tick Management Strategies

Host-targeted Chemical Control

In response to concerns over the potential environmental impacts associated with area-wide acaricide applications, several host-targeted tick control technologies have been developed. The goal of the host-targeted approach is to kill ticks on hosts that have been self-treated with acaricide. Since no acaricide is applied directly to the environment, non-target effects are minimized. However, in addition to considering seasonal activity, habitat preference, and questing behavior of ticks, the successful tick management professional or land manager must also possess knowledge of host behavior and ecology when considering the use of host-targeted strategies.

Small Mammals

White-tailed Deer

 

 
deer feeding
[Photo courtesy of J. Matthews Pound, USDA, ARS]
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