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May 25, 2015 2:07 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Four-Poster Tick Management Program Launched On North Haven

Early last month, North Haven Village installed a four-poster program, like the unit pictured, to combat its high tick population.    BARRY RYDER
May 25, 2015 6:10 PM

In an effort to combat its tick population, North Haven Village recently began a “four-poster” program to kill ticks that feed on white-tailed deer.

The program, run through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, was implemented the first week of April. It involves 12 feeding units scattered throughout the village—half on village properties, half on the private properties of homeowners who expressed a desire for one. The feeding stations are filled with corn to attract deer. When the deer bend down to eat, their necks and heads rub against tickicide-treated rollers, targeting the most common areas on the deer where ticks feed.

While Village Mayor Jeff Sander said this week that it is too early to determine the effectiveness of the program, North Haven will work in conjunction with the Suffolk County Health Department when it comes time to measure tick density, which should be within the next month. Mr. Sander added that the village will also work closely with the Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center at Southampton Hospital to use the program to see how many ticks in the area carry diseases such as Lyme.

North Haven paid to implement the program with help from a $50,000 state grant it received last summer. Because of the timing, though, the village was able to use only about $20,000 of it toward the program, and it will have to use other funds allotted in the upcoming 2015-16 budget to cover the rest.

Mr. Sander said he is hoping that the four-poster program will be as successful on North Haven as it has been on Shelter Island.

“A couple of years ago, we identified the problem of tick diseases as one of the most prominent problems facing the village,” Mr. Sander said. “I think it’s just one of the most important issues to the village, and the residents. If we can really make a difference, it would really help North Haven. I think it’s an exciting program.”

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