Resources/References. URLs below link to state and academic resources around New England. All links contain information on tick-borne disease, protecting yourself, repellents, etc.
- US Centers for Disease Control
- US Department of Agriculture's National Pest Alert: Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment
- Cape Cod Extension Tick Project
- UMass Lab for Medical Zoology: www.tickdiseases.org and www.tickreport.com. The latter links to information about submitting a tick for testing (a paid service).
- University of Rhode Island’s Tick Encounter Resource Center
- Connecticut Agricultural Extension Station’s 2007 Tick Management Handbook is "An integrated guide for homeowners, pest control operators, and public health officials for the prevention of tick-associated disease".
- Repellent Selector Tools (recommended by Dr. Catherine Brown, MA Dept. of Public Health): www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/find-insect-repellent-right-you and pi.ace.orst.edu/repellents (Note: Permethrin is available at local hardware and outdoor stores).
- CDC's Tickborne Diseases of the United States: A Reference Manual for Health Care Providers, 4th ed. (2017)
Talks Held in Harvard.
- Click here to watch the 2018 "Tick Talk" with Larry Dapsis, Entomologist, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
- Click here to review the presentation slides from the 2018 "Tick Talk" with Larry Dapsis, Entomologist, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
- Click here to watch the YouTube video of the 2017 "Tick Talk" with State Public Health Veterinarian, Dr. Katie Brown
Other interesting videos and articles.
- Click here to watch an 18-minute documentary featuring Larry Dapsis and describing his efforts on the Cape to educate people about ticks and tick-borne diseases. Film made in 2017.
- WGBH science reporter Heather Goldstone hosted a panel of experts to take a closer look at the growing public health threat of Lyme disease. Click here to watch.
- Click here to watch the PBS video, "How Ticks Dig In With a Mouth Full of Hooks", describing how ticks attach and the best method for removal.
- Click here to read a Harvard Press Tick Article
Tick Testing. Not all ticks carry bacteria that cause tick-borne disease. Some people choose to test the tick to find out if it is carrying a bacterium. However, if the tick tests positive, it does not necessarily mean the bacterium was transmitted through the bite, and a negative result does not mean that the person is free of tick-borne diseases (there could have been another, unobserved tick bite that caused an infection).
- UMASS' Laboratory for Medical Zoology will test a tick and return results by e-mail three business days after receipt. The also have an online FAQ and a real-time Chat to answer questions (9am- 5pm). Information on submitting a tick here: www.tickreport.com. There is a fee. If Harvard submits 100 ticks a year, we could qualify for a reduced fee.
Stop by the BOH office at Town Hall for your complimentary tick remover (one per household, please).