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 fever.
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.