Federal, state and local governments, Land Grant Universities, non-governmental organizations, and others agree that it is important to control tick populations to reduce tick-borne disease risk. Consequently, there is an urgent need for these participants to collaborate efforts aimed at reducing the burden of tick-borne diseases both on public and private lands. The purpose of the Public Tick IPM Working Group is to create a forum for improving communications, networking and collaboration amongst all interested parties interested in supporting tick IPM. This national group was created in October 2013 with funding provided by the USDA North Central IPM Center.
The Working Group scope includes all IPM strategies including vaccines designed to reduce tick numbers or block the ability of ticks to transmit pathogens, e.g., vaccines designed to prevent infection in mice and other reservoirs to break infection cycles. Vaccines designed to prevent infections in humans or wildlife as a health benefit to individual organisms are outside of the scope. Our geographic focus is the US and Canada.