Experts have shown that tick control programs in the United States are severely lacking. Not only do many of these tick-management programs lack funding, but three-quarters of them don’t even test for tick-borne diseases, which have doubled in the past two decades. The data that these programs are collecting is not being shared with the relevant parties and many don’t collect ticks at all. It’s crucial for public health that these tick-management programs get on the right track and deserve more assistance from the government.
- The prevalence of tick-borne diseases in America has nearly doubled in the past two decades.
- The United States does not have suitable programs in place to control the tick population.
- More financial and governmental support is needed to control the tick population as it is a matter of public health.
“The survey showed that less than half of public health and vector-control agencies engage in active tick surveillance, and only 12 percent directly conduct or otherwise support tick-control efforts.”