Welcome to the Public Tick IPM Working Group. Our goal is to reduce tick-borne disease incidence by collaborating on IPM-related activities and efforts that will ultimately reduce the risk of exposure to ticks and pathogens they carry. 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 resources. Find 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).
Last May the Public Tick IPM Working Group worked to help implement and organize an ITM Symposium! The symposium was hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Entomological Society of America, the IPM Institute of North America and the North Central IPM Center in Washington, DC for the Integrated Tick Management Symposium: Solving America’s Tick-Borne Disease Problem. Click here to view the full presentations. Over 150 attendees joined us to learn about tick-borne diseases.
The symposium addressed the below areas. To view the agenda, click here. Read more about the symposium on EntomologyToday.org
- Current status of the tick and tick-borne disease (TBD) problem and current practices for Integrated Tick Management.
- The connection between Integrated Tick Management, reducing tick populations and disease transmission.
- Identify knowledge gaps and prioritize needs.
- Identify existing and potentially impactful approaches, collaborations, and level of investment required to significantly reduce the burden of illness and public health impact of ticks and TBDs.
- Summarize findings for informing various constituencies including government at all levels, funding agencies, the media, and the public about the impact of TBDs and possible solutions.
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.
In an article written by Rich Saltzberg from the Martha Vineyards Times, tick expert, Dr. Telford, discusses the differences between deer tick virus and Powassan. The article includes statistics regarding symptoms and rates of infection. To find out more information about these tick-borne diseases, please read the article at: Tick expert addresses Powassan.
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.