Community-based integrated tick management programs: cost and feasibility scenarios

Terry L. Schulze, Lars Eisen, Katie Russell, Robert A. Jordan*

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Abstract

Numerous studies have assessed the efficacy of environmentally based control methods to suppress populations of the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis Say), but few of these estimated the cost of control. We estimated costs for a range of tick control methods (including habitat management, deer exclusion or population reduction, broadcast of acaricides, and use of host-targeted acaricides) implemented singly or in combination and applied to a model community comprising 320 residential properties and parklands. Using the high end for cost ranges, tick control based on a single method was estimated to have mean annual costs per household in the model community ranging from $132 for treating only forest ecotone with a broadcast synthetic acaricide to kill host-seeking ticks (or $404 for treating all residential forested habitat) to >$2,000 for deployment of bait boxes (SELECT TCS) across all residential tick habitat to treat rodents topically with acaricide to kill infesting ticks. Combining different sets of multiple methods in an integrated tick management program placed the annual cost between $508 and 3,192 annually per household in the model community, underscoring the disconnect between what people in Lyme disease endemic areas say they are willing to pay for tick control (not more than $100-150 annually) and the actual costs for tick control. Additional barriers to implementing community-based tick management programs within residential communities are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1048-1060
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Medical Entomology
Volume60
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2023

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© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Entomological Society of America. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Amblyomma
  • Ixodes
  • control
  • cost
  • tick

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