At present we have no way to effectively manage tick problems in Vermont. However, you can protect yourself. Below you will find information and strategies for managing and protecting yourself from ticks. Insect repellants can provide personal protection from tick bites.
Managing Ticks and Protecting Yourself
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website on insect repellants provides recommendations for effectiveness of various products.
- Protection Against Mosquitoes, Ticks and Other Arthropods: https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents
The Tick Management Handbook by Kirby Stafford:
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, has good information for home owners.
Questing ticks look for a textured pant leg.
For protection tuck pant legs into socks. Treat boot, socks and pant legs with insect repellent.
A tick lifter may be used to remove ticks.
For other tools see: http://remove-ticks.com/
Proper technique for tick removal
Other Important Information about Ticks:
Managing Land – see “The Tick Management Handbook”
Photo by Jeff Turner. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/respres/2663422759
Deer are a host for the adult blacklegged tick
Mice are a host for the blacklegged tick.
Photo by Carolyn Hietala. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcoin/4691331213