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All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Get TickSmart: 10 Things to Know, 5 Things to Do

Update: Dr. Mather presented an update of this webinar in May 2017.  It can be viewed at:

Your natural inclination when discovering a tick on you or a loved one is to get rid of it. But don't pitch that tick until you take a picture of it! This webinar will teach you how to get that tick identified.   It is important to know what the tick is, so you know if there are other actions you need to take to protect yourself. This webinar will teach you 10 things you must know about ticks, and 5 TickSmart actions to take.

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With more ticks in more places than ever before, there's never been a more appropriate time to raise your tick literacy. Tick encounter rates aren't creeping up... they're soaring. Just one species, the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis), transmits Lyme disease and at least 4 additional dangerous infections across a wide swath of the United States. This tick is not your "regular" tick, although it may be the most common. To stay TickSafe and disease-free, there are 10 things you must know about ticks these days. Once you know about those things, there are 5 top TickSmart actions you can and should take. No more "hmmms," "uhhhhs," or "I'm not sure." The Get TickSmart campaign hopes to fast-track your access to knowledge and resources that empower you to be proactive and protected. This webinar will be presented by Dr. Thomas N. Mather, Professor & Director, Center for Vector-Borne Disease and TickEncounter Resource Center, University of Rhode Island and moderated by Shawn Banks, Extension Agent Agriculture-Horticulture, NC State University Cooperative Extension. Click here to login as a guest and participate in the live event. For more webinars in this series, see All Bugs Good and Bad 2014 Webinar Series. The webinars are brought to you by the following eXtension Communities of Practice: Imported Fire Ants, Urban IPM, Bee Health, and Invasive Species; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
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