There are three components of the study: 1) pesticide (or water) application and bait box placement and removal by Connecticut or Rhode Island Tick Control, 2) surveys of study participants, and 3) tick collection. You do not have to be present when the tick control applicators place or remove bait boxes from your property, but you can choose to be present if you would like. In August 2017, Connecticut or Rhode IslandTick Control will come to your property and place bait boxes around your property. In October 2017 the first round of bait boxes will be removed. In mid-May/early June 2018 pesticide or water will be sprayed on all properties. In August 2018, the second round of bait boxes will be placed on your property. In October 2018, the second round of bait boxes will be removed. In mid-May/early-June, 2019 the second pesticide or water application will be sprayed, which is the last pest control practice that will be applied as part of the study.
In late-May to early-July of 2017 ̶ 2020, ticks will be collected from some properties. If your property is selected for sampling, we will ask your permission at that time and tell you details about the process. You do not have to be present when study personnel collect ticks from your property, but you can choose to be if you would like.
We will ask you to take part in a phone-based, introductory survey at the beginning of the study, which should take no more than 15 minutes. We will ask you to take part in one, weeklong activity log in June 2017 where you will record where you and your household members spent time outside over a seven day period. This activity log should only take 5 ̶ 10 minutes per household, for no more than 70 minutes over one week for each household and this activity will only take place in the first year of the study. We will also ask you to take part in four, brief, 5 ̶ 10-minute, web-based surveys each year for the first three years of the study. In these surveys, we will ask about you and your household members’ encounters with ticks, possible illness with a tickborne disease, and your experiences with this illness, if applicable.