Fairfax County 4-Poster Pilot Study
About the Pilot Study
As part of an effort to control tick infestations on
white-tailed deer, Fairfax County is conducting a pilot study. This study
uses ‘4-Poster’ deer treatment station technology as a novel method of
wildlife host tick management. Deer are the primary host of several
tick species, including the blacklegged tick which can transmit Lyme
disease and the lone star tick which can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted
The research is being conducted by the Fairfax County Wildlife Biologist Office, of the Police Department, in collaboration with the Health Department’s Disease Carrying Insects Program, under a special permit issued by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
The use of ‘4-Poster’ deer treatment stations are not currently available for legal commercial use in Virginia, and the pilot study is the first of its kind in the state.