About This Project
It is important to control tick abundance due to their ability to vector diseases. Burning in tick habitat can cause direct tick mortality and alter the microenvironment. To establish if this method of management is effective, ticks will be collected in burned and unburned areas of forest, after burning and in subsequent years. Vegetation structure and diversity will be evaluated and may be related to tick abundance. Ticks will be tested for Borrellia sp., the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.