Rhode Islanders can learn how to control ticks in their yard, prevent tick bites, protect pets from ticks, and receive discounts on tick repellents at an extensive series of events planned in recognition of the state's second Tick Control Awareness Day on Saturday, June 2.
"With Lyme disease an increasing hazard in Rhode Island and deer ticks spreading northward throughout the region, I am pleased that the General Assembly proclaimed June 2 Tick Control Awareness Day," said University of Rhode Island Entomology Professor Thomas Mather, director of the URI Center for Vector-Borne Disease, who is coordinating tick control events around the state with URI tick researcher Nate Miller. "Lyme disease costs Rhode Island citizens between $10 and $30 million every year" Mather added, "but by building awareness about the ready availability of simple tick-bite prevention solutions, Rhode Island can lead the nation in reducing the impact of ticks and tick-transmitted disease."
The featured event on June 2 will be a tick control workshop at Goddard Park in Warwick from 10 a.m. to noon where Miller, Mather and other experts will demonstrate tick control products and services. At the workshop, physicians will provide information about what to do if you are bitten by a tick, veterinarians will address questions about protecting pets from ticks, and entomologists will be available to identify ticks brought to the site by local residents. In addition, demonstrations will be held on the application of clothing-only tick repellents.Other activities for Tick Control Awareness Day include the following:
For more information about Tick Control Awareness Day or any of the events scheduled, visit www.TickEncounter.org or contact Mather or Miller at 401-874-2928.