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2011 Tick IPM Conference

On March 30-31, in Arlington, VA, 250 people participated, either in person or online, in the EPA sponsored conference, Promoting Community IPM for Preventing Tick-Borne Diseases. This conference was held under the auspices of EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee and included ten sessions organized by tick management experts covering a broad array of topics related to the use of IPM to reduce tick-borne diseases.

The conference was organized around three main goals:

  1. Identify successful strategies for community IPM programs
  2. Identify research priorities and knowledge gaps
  3. Strengthen partnerships amongst participants

Each session was organized around a set of central questions that were addressed by the speakers and panelists. There was an opportunity for questions and answers within each session, providing for lively discussion on the floor as well as interaction with online participants. Following are a list of participants and the meeting agenda along with links to the speakers' presentations which were made available for publication:

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Executive Summary of Meeting (27pp, 914KB, PDF)

List of Meeting Participants (4pp, 37KB, PDF)

Wednesday - March 30, 2011


  • Keith Matthews, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ben Beard, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Christopher Zarba, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Meeting Overview, Process, and Expectations

  • Michael McDavit, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Session I: Creating Institutional Structures for Community Level IPM
Explore institutional structures such as mosquito control districts that provide models for area-wide tick management programs in concert with household initiatives.

  • Karl Malamud-Roam, IR-4, Rutgers University (Co-Moderator) - PDF, PPSX
  • Karl Malamud-Roam, IR-4, Rutgers University (Presenter) - PDF, PPSX
  • John Carroll, U.S. Department of Agriculture (Co-Moderator/Presenter) - PDF, PPSX
  • Sean Healy, Monmouth County (NJ) Mosquito Extermination Commission - PDF, PPSX
  • Thomas Mather, University of Rhode Island
  • Peter Jesson, Chadd’s Ford Township, PA - PDF, PPSX
  • Brooke Bissinger, TyraTech, Inc.

Session II: Protecting Children in Schools and Outdoor Environments
IPM practices are being effectively used at schools and other public facilities to reduce risks of tick-borne diseases while minimizing pesticide impacts. This session will discuss the outstanding needs and opportunities for research, education, regulation and implementation to further protect people using and visiting these facilities.

  • Kathy Murray, Maine Department of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Resources (Moderator/Presenter) - PDF, PPSX
  • Thomas Green, IPM Institute of North America (Presenter) - PDF, PPSX
  • Christine Dunathan, Friends Community School, College Park, MD - PDF, PPSX
  • Benedict Pagac, U.S. Army Public Health Command-Region North
  • Sally Schoessler, National Association of School Nurses
  • Herbert Bolton, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Audrey Moore, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2

Session III: Landscape Planning and Tick Management
Working with land planners and resource managers to utilize the potential of landscape design to minimize transmission of tick-borne diseases.

  • Charles Lubelczyk, Maine Medical Center (Co-Moderator) - PDF, PPSX
  • Montira Pongsiri, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Co-Moderator)
  • Howard Ginsberg, U.S. Geological Survey (Presenter) - PDF, PPSX
  • Kirby Stafford, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (Presenter) - PDF, PPSX
  • Wink Hastings, National Park Service - PDF, PPSX
  • Laura Jackson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Terra Rentz, The Wildlife Society
  • Robert Snieckus, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Kevin Sweeney, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Kendra Briechle, The Conservation Fund

Session IV: Public Outreach Strategies to Reach Targeted Populations
School-age children and older Americans constitute the highest risk populations for tick-borne diseases. This session will recommend how best to communicate with parents, teachers, outdoor educators, nurses and at-risk populations.

  • Emily Zielinski-Guiterrez, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Co-Moderator) - PDF, PPSX
  • Patricia Smith, Lyme Disease Association (Co-Moderator) - PDF, PPSX
  • Diane Blanchard, Time for Lyme, Inc.
  • Douglas Fearn, Lyme Disease Association of Southern Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • Jennifer Reid, Ridgefield (CT) Health Department - PDF, PPSX
  • Kathy White, Lyme Association of Greater Kansas City
  • Katie Kuffner, Chester County (PA) Health Department
  • Anne Kjemtrup, California Department of Public Health

Summarization of Day
Reporters will summarize the research needs and knowledge gaps identified during the day’s sessions and overarching themes will be highlighted.

  • Brooke Bissinger, TyraTech, Inc. (Moderator)

Thursday - March, 31, 2011

Opening Remarks

  • Christopher Zarba, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Session V: Protecting Outdoor Workers Exposed to Ticks
Outdoor workers in many industries are at risk for contracting tick-borne diseases. Appropriate workplace controls and prevention education can help decrease the risk of workers contracting tick-borne diseases.

  • Tom Delaney, PLANET (Moderator / Presenter) - PDF, PPSX
  • Brenda Jacklitsch, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Presenter) - PDF, PPSX
  • Ronald Harrison, Orkin, Inc.
  • David Brassard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Sarah Fletcher, Sterling Family Practice
  • Jim Fredericks, National Pest Management Association - PDF, PPSX

Session VI: Measuring the Impact of Prevention Strategy
While numerous studies have demonstrated success in reducing tick and deer populations, there are limitations in the current methods and products and little data on their effectiveness in preventing human illness. This session will explore novel products and ongoing monitoring and prevention research.

  • Ben Beard, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Moderator) - PDF, PPSX
  • Joseph Piesman, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - PDF, PPSX
  • Joshua Smith, Fairfax County Health Department - PDF, PPSX
  • Ellen Stromdahl, U.S. Army Public Health Command - PDF, PPSX
  • Paul Mead, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - PDF, PPSX

Session VII: Research Strategies
While white-tailed deer are not reservoir hosts for the Lyme disease agent, they are the keystone host on which adult female blacklegged ticks engorge on blood essential to production of tick eggs and completion of the life cycle. This session will advise on current and experimental technologies to prevent these ticks from feeding on deer to reduce tick density, and thus the risk of being bitten by ticks.

  • Mat Pound, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Livestock Insects Research Service - PDF, PPSX

Session VIII: Cost Effectiveness of Prevention
The session will review the economics of community-based interventions to control tick-borne diseases. The methodological framework and data needs for a rigorous, cost-effectiveness analysis of a community-level tick control program to reduce tick-borne disease incidence will also be described.

  • Martin Meltzer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - PDF, PPSX

Session IX: Case Study for Public Health Protection
The increased risk of malaria, like tick-borne diseases, cannot be underestimated. The session will highlight cost-effective approaches to reduce mosquito infestations and ensure minimal exposure to humans through the analytically evaluation of mosquito behavior and control programs. Lessons learned from mosquito control programs may be applicable to tick management.

  • Maction Komwa, George Mason University - PDF, PPSX

Session X: Summary of Research Needs and Knowledge Gaps
Research needs and knowledge gaps identified during the meeting will be presented and participants will provide advice on prioritization and cost-effectiveness.

  • Christopher Zarba, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Moderator)

Formal Public Comment Period

  • Thomas Brennan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Moderator)

Closing Remarks

  • Thomas Brennan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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