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Welcome to the Public Tick IPM Working Group.

The goal of the Public Tick IPM Working Group is to organize and expand the network working to reduce the risk of exposure to infected ticks by collaborating on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and ITM related activities, exchanging knowledge and sharing resources effectively.

There are a total of seventeen tick-borne diseases within the US, with eleven diseases known to infect humans (http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/). The most common of these is Lyme disease, of which CDC estimates there are 300,000 diagnosed cases each year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2013). Ticks and the pathogens they carry are an emerging issue in the North Central Region. The Working Group welcomes both government and nongovernment members and works to complement the efforts of the existing federal group. Funding for the Working Group is provided by the USDA North Central IPM Center.

Here you will find information on our activities, past conference call meeting minutes and links to related resourcesFind out more about our Working Group and how to get involved.

This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Crop Protection and Pest Management Program through the North Central IPM Center (2014-70006-22486). 

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Dr. Mather’s TickSpotters Program

Dr. Mather discussed TickSpotters, the prevalence of disease-carrying ticks across the country and steps people can take to prevent tick bites with NBC Nightly News medical correspondent Dr. Torres. The segment aired May 17.

See the full University of Rhode Island press post about TickSpotters here: http://www.publicnow.com/view/B4AFA074E880D1F2632DBE605C00E3363EA1F0A4

9th International IPM Symposium Tick Summit

9th International IPM Symposium: There will be a full day Tick Summit in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday March 21st, 2018. The summit is titled, “Integrated Tick Management: Community-Wide Action to Address the Global Tick Problem”, and will provide information on effective ITM practices, current research projects and knowledge gaps, and opportunities to increase adoption of effective practices. More information regarding the IPM Symposium and registration can be found at: 9th International IPM Symposium. The Tick Summit proposal and organization is provided by the Public Tick IPM Working Group, with support from the North Central IPM Center and USDA-NIFA.

HHS Tick-Borne Working Group Meeting

The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group was established by Congress in 2016 as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. The Working Group is holding its inaugural public meetings in December. The meetings are limited to space available; therefore, pre-registration for public attendees is advisable. To view more details about this working group please visit: https://www.hhs.gov/ash/advisory-committees/tickbornedisease/index.html.

To view the meeting digitally follow this link: https://www.hhs.gov/live/live-1/index.html#8408

Call for Posters at the 9th International IPM Symposium

Use this opportunity to share your integrated pest management (IPM) work. Submit a poster for the 9th International IPM Symposium that will be held March 19–22, 2018, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Poster abstracts should be submitted online at: ipmsymposium.org — posters  between now and Nov. 13, 2017 for full consideration. The abstract must contain an accurate summary of the work and be clear and concise. Instructions for abstract submissions can be found on the Poster web site.

2017 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Ticks.

On Friday, May 5th Dr. Thomas Mather, Professor, University Rhode Island, (aka “the tick guy”) discussed how to protect yourself, your family and your pets from ticks. The webinar was moderated by Ellen Huckabay and Bethany O’Rear. To watch the webinar visit: All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Ticks. More information about the webinar can be found here: learn.extension.org.