In 2019, Vermont had the highest incidence of Lyme disease in the US.
Vermont has had the highest incidence of anaplasmosis in the US since 2015.
This project’s overarching goal is to reduce the occupational risk of tick-borne disease exposure in agricultural workers in Vermont. This pilot project will work with dairy and livestock workers in Southern Vermont. To achieve this goal, we have two aims. The first is to hold “Tick Talks” to discuss ticks and tick-borne diseases with agricultural workers. We will offer some education and hope to learn from agricultural workers what prevention methods they already use, what has worked for them, what sort of prevention methods they want to see, and how they deal with ticks on their farms. The second aim is to conduct a randomized control trial using Thermacell Tick Control Tubes in critical areas around farms (farmhouses and barns) to assess their effect on tick numbers and tick encounters with workers.
To reduce the occupational risk of tick-borne disease exposure in agricultural workers
To better understand agricultural workers’ awareness and perceptions of tick-borne diseases
To determine the effect of Thermacell Tick Control Tubes on tick numbers and reported tick encounters in agricultural workers
Tick Talk Topics and Schedule
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Topics will include:
What kind of ticks to we find in Southern Vermont?
What kind of disease can each tick carry?
What are the life cycles and are they all dangerous?