Got ticks? There’s an app for that

There’s an app for everything nowadays. You can pay for your lunch with an app, check-in for a flight with an app, and even find out what species of tick is attached to your dog.

Yes, you read that correctly. You can now download a “tick app.” For free. Just go to http://tickapp.tamu.edu.

Funded by a Southern Region IPM Center IPM Enhancement grant, entomologists at Texas AgriLife have developed a Smart Phone app and accompanying website for ticks. The website gives detailed explanations and diagrams of tick biology, tick species identification and which ticks may transmit diseases. It even explains how to remove a tick and how to prevent ticks from attaching to you in the first place.

Although the detail will be of special interest to anyone who works outside and to public health specialists, the information should be useful to any homeowner. In the southern states, several ticks transmit diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

The TickApp was made possible by a grant from the Southern Region IPM Center.

For more information about the TickApp, visit  http://agrilife.org/today/2011/07/18/tick-app/.

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