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Research Project: Deployed War Fighter Protection Program (2018)

Location: Invasive Insect Biocontrol & Behavior Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-32000-008-29-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Jun 5, 2018
End Date: Sep 30, 2019

Objective:
1. Develop and evaluate an effective rodent bait formulation with a systemic pesticide for eliminating immature ticks infesting white-footed mouse. 2. Design and evaluate mouse bait delivery dispensing systems that can be readily adopted by the U.S. military for rapid deployment at overseas bases and U.S. military training grounds and bases at home. 3. Develop a practical Integrated Tick Management system that incorporates the new rodent bait formulation and a novel zero or low-calorie deer feeder / treatment station to achieve synergistic suppression of tick population. 4. Initiate Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registration and start commercial production of new tick control products to meet the US military needs, and extend the benefits to civilian populations in the United States.

Approach:
The study will start with a selection of candidate systemic acaricides that can be used in rodent baits. The tick-killing efficacy and longevity of the active compounds in host animals and environment will be evaluated against ticks through in vitro tick feeding experiments and animal trials. Rodent bait formulations with selected acaricides with favorable performance in laboratory trials will be developed and tested under field locations in deer tick / Lyme endemic regions of the northeastern United States. Registration of new rodent bait products for commercialization of new tick control products will be initiated by working with regulatory agencies and industrial partners.