Yale Recruiting Fairfield County Homeowners for Prevention Study of Tick-Borne Diseases

Individuals with single family homes on at least half an acre of property may be eligible to participate in the study, co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Connecticut Department of Public Health.

“Tick season will be here all too soon, and our region continues to have high rates of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis,” said James Meek, associate director of the Yale Emerging Infections Program.

As part of the study, the properties will receive a single springtime application of a widely used pesticide or a placebo (water) to control ticks. The one-time spraying will only be around the yard’s perimeter. Participants will be interviewed by telephone at the beginning of the study and complete email surveys at monthly intervals from May through October to assess their encounters with ticks (e.g., numbers attached and numbers found crawling on people) and the number of tick-borne illnesses among household residents. Findings from the treated properties will be compared to those from the placebo properties to determine if a springtime application of the commonly used pesticide can reduce rates of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

To request more information or to enroll in the study, call 1-888-668-1856 or contact your local health department at the number below:


CT Local
Health Director
CT Local Health Districts/DepartmentsTelephone
Ed BriggsRidgefield Health Department (Ridgefield)203-431-2745
Mark CooperWestport/Weston Health District
(Westport and Weston)
Donna M. CulbertNewtown Health District (Newtown, Roxbury
and Bridgewater)
Steven ScholeWilton Health Department (Wilton)203-563-0174
Tim SimpkinsNew Fairfield Health Department
(New Fairfield)
Laura VasileBethel Health Department (Bethel)203-794-8539

LTDPS is a collaborative effort of the Yale EIP, Connecticut Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and EIP sites in Maryland and New York.



PRESS CONTACT: Michael Greenwood 203-737-5151