Integrated tick management (ITM) is a multifaceted approach to management of tick populations, including reduction of tick habitat, landscape management, tick-targeted chemical control, and host-targeted control. This course will review available tick control strategies, discuss the evidence-base behind these strategies for reducing tick abundance and tick-borne disease burden, and review challenges and barriers to effective tick control in real-world settings.
At the end of this module, the student will:
- Explain how tick biology and behavior informs approaches to control.
- Identify control strategies targeting ticks, hosts, and environment/habitat.
- Identify challenges to effective tick control.
- Evaluate the efficacy of various control strategies to reduce tick abundance and to reduce tick-borne disease public health burden.
- Describe the one health framework for addressing the threat of ticks and tick-borne disease.