University of Wisconsin–Madison

Tick-borne Disease Prevention

An effective and comprehensive integrated tick management program should consider these five strategies:

  1. Surveillance– to detect tick infestations and identify tick habitat
  2. Landscape Management– to reduce the amount of tick habitat and make it more manageable for the landowner. 
  3. Targeted Chemical Control– with host and habitat-targeted acaricide applications
  4. Personal Protective Measures– including use of repellents, protective clothing and frequent tick checks.
  5. Cultural Practices– modifying behaviors or activities in order to increase awareness, knowledge and risk perceptions about ticks and tick-borne diseases and reduce the risk of tick-borne diseases in both humans and animals.