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New Resources to Help Mainers Combat Ticks

A Homeowner’s Guide to Managing Ticks is now available online and two free presentations On Tick Exposure and Lyme Disease Prevention will be held May 4 

Deer-Tick-EngorgedThe Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and Maine Cooperative Extension Service’s Integrated Pest Management Council (IPM) is pleased to announce new resources available to help Mainers combat ticks. There will be two free presentations on tick exposure and Lyme disease prevention. Additionally, a comprehensive article titled A Homeowner’s Guide to Managing Ticks is available on the new website maine.gov/healthylawns. Both presentations will be held on May 4th and are free to the public. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

“Ticks and the tick borne illnesses are a growing problem, particularly for those who spend a lot of time outdoors,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Many people are working hard to address this problem. These resources will add to the effort to educate people on the threat and then take steps to protect their families.”

“The Homeowner’s Guide and presentations on tick exposure and Lyme disease prevention are part of a cooperative effort by the Integrated Pest Management Council to help address this growing threat to public health,” said Commissioner Walt Whitcomb. “Whether people are outdoors for work or for recreation, these resources will provide strategies to help minimize or prevent exposure to ticks and tick borne illnesses.”

DETAILS:

A Homeowner’s Guide to Managing Ticks
Two FREE Presentations On Tick Exposure and Lyme Disease Prevention

Both presentations will be held on May 4, 2016 at:

  • Maine Audubon’s Gilsland Farms, Falmouth, ME, Noon
  • Mather Auditorium, Wells Reserve, Wells, ME, 6:00 p.m.

Regional expert Dr. Thomas Mather will speak about the best science-based methods for tick exposure prevention. Dr. Mather has dedicated his career at the University of Rhode Island Center for Vector-Borne Disease to the research of tick exposure and Lyme disease prevention. His talk will include strategies for avoiding ticks and tick-borne diseases including:

  • Tick minimizing home landscape design
  • Tick check techniques
  • Personal repellents/protectants

Updates on the state of Lyme disease and tick monitoring in Maine will be provided by Sara Robinson, Epidemiologist with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Chuck Lebelczyk, Entomologist with Maine Medical Center Research Institute.

Maine CDC Health Corps will be present to answer questions on Lyme disease.

Space for both presentations is limited! Pre-registration is required! To register, please go to maine.gov/healthylawns or call (207) 287-2731.

About Alexander Theberge

Alex is the former creative director of The Maine Sportsman. An avid fisherman and professional photographer he enjoys everything about the outdoors.
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