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Tick Tactics: Scientists Are Finding New Ways to Fight an Old Foe

A male deer

Ticks are one of the most troublesome insect pests, attaching themselves to humans, livestock, pets, and other animals. They can transmit many diseases, including Lyme disease, which can have devastating health effects. Currently, ticks infect over 300,000 Americans a year with Lyme disease, and infections are on the rise. One of the major ways that ticks travel is via unsuspecting deer, which can carry them long distances as they move around and search for food.

At ARS, researchers are working on new approaches to limit ticks’ ability to spread. One strategy is to target them while they’re traveling via deer. Watch this video to learn more about how researchers are using classic techniques applied in creative new ways to neutralize ticks.