4 Poster Tick Management Control Program
NYSDEC has finally received FINS permit
allowing the western FI communities to redeploy 4-posters through September 31,
2011 - but is it
Vincent Palmer, NYSDEC has finally
received FINS permit (attached) allowing the western FI communities to redeploy
4-posters through September 31, 2011. Due to the delay in putting out the
devices, the ticks that emerged and began questing in March/April/early May
were not destroyed, but, according to Dr. Mat Pound, our drastically reduced
tick population is not likely to significantly rebound this year.
Nevertheless, the adult ticks
that had a blood meal and mated, will drop off the deer and lay clusters of
3000-4000 eggs that will hatch into those itchy larvae beginning in
August; and the nymphs that obtained a blood meal will molt into adults
that will be active, weather permitting, this winter and next spring.
In regard to the Cornell Study, it
should be completed very soon, whereupon the NYSDEC will make a decision about
the legality of 4-poster use in NYS. To
quote Vincent, our emails to FINS in support of the extension of the Study were
“very compelling”. So much so that he shared a number of them with his
colleagues to demonstrate our unyielding determination to avail ourselves of
this technology against tick-borne diseases. Upon a positive NYSDEC
decision, we on
will once again
have to deal with FINS. In this regard, the
Wildlife Foundation is planning a meeting this summer of
all who support and have been involved in testing the 4-poster.
The Foundation began this project in
2004 and during all the years since then, we have struggled to get FINS’
cooperation. In their defense, FINS superintendents must abide by federal
pesticide regulations. On the other hand, they are also obligated to
safeguard the health and well-being of visitors and residents living on
. The environmentally benign 4-poster
has been effective beyond our wildest expectations and deserves serious
consideration as a tick management tool for use in federal parks.
Larry Slack was kind enough to come in
this Sat afternoon with RMSP vehicle and a young assistant, Tom to install the
community devices. Attached are some photos taken at Jeff Christiensen’s
site on Elm, FH. The deer that appeared in the surrounding brush had no
ticks visible on their ears. They waited
expectantly for Larry to finish and started using the 4-poster before we pulled
Mario Posillico, VOS, and the
Foundation have again negotiated with Ken Andexser, PestPro, to monitor the
4-poster sites for rodents. For a period of a month, this will include
the former Keogh Wk. site even though there are no plans to install a device
there. And lastly, Bradlee White and I will work up the budget for
this short season.
From Gene Levy:
The only program which has been effective in controlling Lyme
disease is the "4 Poster" Tick management program. In order to
continue the program we need the
National Seashore (FINS) to issue a permit to continue the program for another
year. So far this permit has not been forthcoming. Time is of the
essence as Spring is here.
I urge everyone on the FHCA email list to send an email to Chris Soller
Superendent of FINS urging him to support the program.
A sample email is shown below.
CC: Palmer@gw.dec.state.ny.us, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: 4 Poster Tick Management Control Program
Superintendent Chris Soller,
community is very
supportive of the Tick Management Technology
Study. As a community we have tried a number of other approaches
to controlling the ticks and the resulting Lyme disease. Only the 4
Poster Program has proven effective.
to support our initiative in protecting both our environment and the
people of our communities by granting the needed permit so we may continue the
As you know, there is no cost to FINS for this program as the community
members of Fire Island and Robert Moses have donated over $100,000 dollars
to support this effective way
to prevent Lyme disease for our residents, families and guests.
Your leadership in supporting our effort is appreciated.