The Current State of Integrated Tick Management

blacklegged tick close-up

If you read the news, it can be easy to wonder why it seems like we’re losing the war against ticks and the diseases they transmit. Why, exactly, are ticks so good at the bad stuff they do, and why are we humans having such a tough time fighting back? In 2016, the Entomological Society […]

Could Reducing Deer Populations Reduce Lyme Disease?

white tailed deer

By Josh Lancette Lyme disease has been a growing problem in the United States, with the number of cases increasing throughout the past few decades. The disease primarily is spread through a bacterium vectored by the tick Ixodes scapularis, also known as the blacklegged tick (or the deer tick, in some regions). The increasing spread […]

CDC Study Sheds Light on New Lyme Disease-Causing Bacteria

Deer tick (Ixodes scapularis)

A new species of bacteria that causes Lyme disease needs the same amount of time for transmission after a tick bite compared to previously implicated bacteria, according to new research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Existing guidelines for frequent tick checks and prompt removal of attached ticks remain the same. The […]

Tick Tock: Fat Reserves in Blacklegged Ticks Provide a Life-Expectancy Clock

ixodes scapularis

The winter of 2011-2012 was a mild one in the New York City area, and the following summer saw the lowest population density of nymphal blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) in the region since the Vector Ecology Laboratory at Fordham University had begun measuring it in 1987. And the ticks that were collected did not survive […]

Ticks: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Dab Their Animal Hosts With Insecticide

host-targeted bait box

An emerging tool in the fight against tick-borne disease, host-targeted bait boxes employ a sneaky trick: turning some of ticks’ favorite carriers —small mammals like mice and chipmunks —against them. And a new study in Journal of Medical Entomology shows an improved design has made such bait boxes an increasingly viable addition to integrated tick […]