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University of Kentucky entomologist details ways to prevent tick bites

By Katie Pratt, University of Kentucky

Tick season is underway and a University of Kentucky entomologist is reminding Kentuckians to take precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones from tick bites.

“In tick-prone areas, check yourself, children and other family members every two hours, and very thoroughly after returning home from hikes and other outdoor activities,” said Lee Townsend, UK extension entomologist in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “Common places to find ticks are behind the knees, around the waist, under arms, neck and head.” Continue reading

Some brief points from the Integrated Tick Management Symposium

Richard Levine summarized some of the major topics discussed during the Integrated Tick Management Symposium held earlier this month in Washington, DC. The symposium was sponsored by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Entomological Society of America, the IPM Institute of North America and the North Central IPM Center. You can get his report here. Below are some very brief bullet points summarizing the major topics. Continue reading