The Role of School Nurses in Integrated Pest Management for Public Health

tick cubes and spoon

In the last 15 years, many states have started requiring schools to practice integrated pest management. This may seem odd, but a school campus is essentially a large public property, and any property, be it a building or open space, has pests. Usually, IPM efforts in schools focus on facility managers or custodians. But school nurses deal directly with the effects of these pests on students and can be an important addition to the IPM team.

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 […]

The 5-Year Plan: Manage Japanese Barberry to Keep Tick Levels Low, Reduce Lyme Risk 

japanese barberry infestation

A long-term study of managing Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) shows that clearing the invasive shrub from a wooded area once can lead to a significant reduction in abundance of blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) for as long as six years. Published last week in Environmental Entomology, the new research follows up on previous findings of the […]

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 […]