L. A. Burgdorfer The number of questing adults flagged on Nauyaug Pt. are coinventors on three patents pending: 1) Control of Arthropod Vectors of Parasitic Diseases U.S. Patent Ser. 1991, Stafford and Magnarelli 1993). It was difficult for mice to enter the bait-containing chamber due to the rigid wick design. A total of 22 properties in the New Areas were sampled for mice and ticks during 2001. Cochet Posttreatment data recorded for June 2001 (Fig. These 11 nymphs were not tested for the presence of Bb or Ap due to the small sample size. 1974, Gage et al. J. This research was made possible through a competitive Emerging Infectious Disease Initiative, Emerging Infectious Disease Discretionary Fund, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, Bacterial Zoonoses Branch, Lyme Disease Vector Section, Fort Collins, CO. G.O.M. The CDC reported over 30,000 new cases of the disease in 2016 alone, the majority of which were contracted in the summer months, which is when ticks are most likely to bite humans. R. A. These ticks prefer a high- moisture environment such as leaf litter, preferably under hardwood forest canopy. 1991, 1994; Stafford et al. For the treatment and control of flea (Ctenocephalides felis) infestations and the treatment and control of adult Dermacentor variabilis (American Dog Ticks), adult Ixodes scapularis (Blacklegged Ticks) and adult Amblyomma americanum(Lone Star Ticks) in dogs and puppies 8 weeks of age or older. However, it is not known whether antimicrobial agents can effectively cure incubating Borrelia burgdorferi infection. Commercial pesticides, such as permethrin, cyfluthrin, carbaryl, and diazinon, are generally applied at rates ranging from 0.5 to 2% (AI), 4.5 kg/ha (Schulze et al. 1997, Lane et al. M. L. Passive application of fipronil significantly reduced the infection rate of Borrelia burgdorferi among white-footed mice by 53%. Each captured mouse was tested for infection with B. burgdorferi. G. J. Parkin 2015;370:20140051. A total of 0.5 liters of 0.43% (AI) fipronil and 0.65 liters of 0.75% (AI) fipronil were used to treat 125 bait boxes during 1999. J. K. During these studies, one individual pest management professional (SavaTree) successfully deployed a total of 1,700 bait boxes on 154 properties in 5 d on Mason’s Island in 2001. The amount of bait consumed, feces within the bait box, presence of dirt and debris on treated wicks, and depletion of fipronil from wicks determined relative use. 2000). This method resulted in a 99% reduction of Ixodes spinipalpis (Nuttall) and Dermacentor andersoni (Stiles) and 11 species of fleas on Mexican woodrats (Baird) throughout 12 mo of study in Colorado. W.M. A cotton yarn wick was stapled to the underside of the lid so that when the lid was closed and locked, the wick was suspended just above the floor and immediately inside the entry to the feeding chamber. and the New Areas, respectively. W. E. R. D. The number of reported Lyme disease cases reached an all-time high in 2002 with 23,763 cases (Centers for Disease Control 2004). 3C) resulted in a slight increase in the number of infested mice (12%), and the number of ticks/mouse (2.8) (Fig. A monthly record of relative use by white-footed mice was kept for 200 boxes in total on 35 properties, June through September. The impact of treatment on host-seeking populations of nymphal and adult I. scapularis was evaluated. Karchesy R. S. J. S. Jeannin J. E. J. Results from this 3-yr trial indicate that the use of fipronil passively applied to reservoir animals by bait boxes is an environmentally acceptable means to control ticks, interrupt the natural disease transmission cycle, and reduce the risk of Lyme disease for residents of treated properties. Schulze A standard method of flagging treated properties and untreated areas was followed; flagging was conducted where ticks were most likely to be present for each property, and properties were sampled for the same duration (Maupin et al. Hyde F. J. P. It was observed during June and July 1999 (Fig. 1997; Lane et al. K. L. Additionally, 140 live traps were set in a total of five untreated control areas near the undeveloped center portion of the island during the same time intervals. In 1999, 13 contiguous properties at the southern tip of the island (Nauyaug Point, ≈ 9.9 ha) received fipronil-treated bait boxes. Hung Piesman 1). During year 3 of the study, a bait box produced by Bayer Environmental Science (Prototype 2; Fig. The only increase occurred during the larval peak in August (1.8 ticks per mouse) (Fig. 2020 May 9;10(5):826. doi: 10.3390/ani10050826. (A) Picture of the modified Protecta Jr. bait box used during 1999, 2000, and August and September 2001. In this study, we further investigated the potential presence of filarial nematodes in the Ixodes scapularis (deer tick) collected from Southern Connecticut. 1991, Stafford et al. | J.M.C. J. 1996, Stafford et al. The total number of ticks collected during all 3 yr resulted in 4,647 ticks collected from 666 P. leucopus (6.98 ticks per mouse) from the untreated control areas, 919 ticks were collected from a total of 299 P. leucopus (3.07 ticks per mouse) from the New Areas, and 78 ticks were collected from a total of 452 P. leucopus (0.17 ticks per mouse) from Nauyaug Pt. Bosler Casher Weather conditions during the weeks before and during pretreatment collections made in April and May 1999 were extremely rainy, windy, and cold and may have been responsible for inhibiting normal host-seeking activity patterns for I. scapularis nymphs on the highly exposed and windswept Nauyaug Pt. (1997) and Lane et al. In addition to targeting specific ecotone, bait boxes also were placed near woodpiles and outbuildings. The principal goal of the current study was to test the hypothesis that passively applied fipronil in a rodent bait box effectively reduced the number of host-seeking I. scapularis. J. W.E. These concentrations are 4,000–6,000-fold higher than the LD50 required to kill nymphal ticks and ≈40,000 fold the amount required to effectively control larvae (Barnard et al. (A) Infestation rates of P. leucopus on Nauyaug Pt. Rapid onset of activity is important in reducing the feeding activity of ticks, thereby reducing the possibility of transmission of infections. These observations underscore the need for an acaricide with considerable residual activity and adequate potency to protect mice from tick infestation. Results of this trial were the basis for using 0.75% fipronil during bait box efficacy trials from July 1999 to September 2001. Miller Maintenance records provided by pest management professionals from SavaTree (Old Saybrook, CT) indicated that in early June, 77% of the stations were being used, and by the end of June, bait box use increased to 90%. D. C. Host-targeted bait boxes can be set out in early May and ensure effectiveness throughout seasonal, peak nymphal activity. S. R. R. C. However, during 3 yr of treatment, the number of mice captured actually decreased by ≥2% each year, and there was no significant difference in capture success between treated and untreated areas. Jones Rather, host-seeking larvae were flagged on treated and untreated sites to determine relative distribution. 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