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Methods for control of tick vectors of Lyme Borreliosis

June 16, 2010

During the IVth International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis in Stockholm, 1990, a workshop on control of Lyme disease vectors briefly reviewed: basic ecological principles for tick control; biocontrol of ticks; chemical control, including the use of repellents and use of permethrin-treated rodent nest material; tick control by habitat modification; and reduction of tick host availability. It was concluded that, although much research work remains, Lyme borreliosis is to a large extent a preventable infection. Avoidance of heavily tick-infested areas, personal protection using proper clothing, and prompt removal of attached ticks remain the most effective protective measures. Many other prophylactic measures are available and could be efficiently integrated into schemes to reduce the abundance of vectors. However, since the ecology of the infection varies greatly between different localities it may be necessary to apply different combinations of control methods in different endemic regions.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1991
Title Methods for control of tick vectors of Lyme Borreliosis
DOI
Authors T.G.T. Jaenson, D. Fish, H. S. Ginsberg, J.S. Gray, T.N. Mather, J. Piesman
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Series Number
Index ID 5223269
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center