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Satellite view of a mixed forested and residential community, with a bold red line indicating the border of the community analyzed in the study. The landscape is a mix of brown forested areas (indicating trees without leaves in winter or early spring), brown open fields, and green lawns.

A research team examining the costs of a community-wide integrated tick management program used a model community in Monmouth County in northern New Jersey to analyze real-world scenarios. The 1,000-acre model community consistsed of 272 acres of forest, 208 acres of old fields and agricultural-use non-forest habitat, and 320 houses. Of the residential area, 43 percent was forest, 45 percent was non-forest land such as lawns, and about 12 percent was pavement and buildings. (Image originally published in Schulze et al 2023, Journal of Medical Entomology)

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