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 […]

Study Finds Lyme Disease in Ticks in Nine U.S. National Parks

blacklegged tick

By Josh Lancette Lyme disease has been spreading across the United States over the past several decades, and a new study has confirmed that ticks carrying the disease are present in eastern national parks. According to the study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and […]

Here’s How to Prevent Bites and Suppress Ticks that Transmit Lyme Disease

By Hannah Foster The onset of spring and summer means barbecues, camping, hiking, and a plethora of other outdoor activities. However, warmer weather also means ticks. Tick bites spread numerous pathogens that can cause serious diseases. Among these pathogens is the bacterial species Borrelia burgdorferi. The blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) carries and transmits B. burgdorferi […]

A Report from the Integrated Tick Management Symposium in Washington, DC

By Richard Levine In May 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America (ESA), the IPM Institute of North America, and the North Central IPM Center held a meeting called the “Integrated Tick Management Symposium: Solving America’s Tick-Borne Disease Problem.” Entomologists and public-health officials from the USDA, DOD, USGS, […]

Scientists Have Sequenced the Genome of the Tick that Transmits Lyme Disease

An international team of scientists led by Purdue University has sequenced the genome of the tick that transmits Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in North America. Ixodes scapularis, known as the blacklegged tick or the deer tick, is the first tick species to have its genome sequenced. The decade-long project, involving 93 authors […]