University of Wisconsin–Madison

Integrated Tick Management

This section provides information on integrated tick management for people, their pets and in their yards as well as information on techniques for safe removal of attached ticks.   We’ll also be providing information on trials of some tick reduction methods that are starting in 2014.

Integrated Tick Management (ITM) or Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a complete, multifaceted approach to management of tick or insect pest populations. Control strategies specifically for tick management and control include: surveillance for tick species (to determine their presence or absence in certain areas), identification and reduction of tick habitat, landscape management (i.e. removing leaf litter in your yard and cleaning up wooded edges or borders), personal protection (such as the use of long pants and light colored clothing), checking frequently for ticks, using insect repellents and targeted control methods for ticks as well as mammalian reservoir hosts.

For more detailed information on individual and Integrated Tick Management (ITM) strategies to reduce the entomological risk of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, consult the website sections located under the Integrated Tick Management section.  Additional information for tick management and prevention on people, pets and in your yard can be found through the link to the Tick Management Handbook by Kirby C. Stafford listed below. 

Stafford KC. (2007). Tick Management Handbook: An Integrated Guide for Homeowners, Pest Control Operators, and Public Health Officials for the Prevention of Tick-Associated Disease. Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Pp. 1-78.