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Relief from Ticks in the Fall and Winter? Not so, says the Tick Guy!

Originally posted September 22, 2013 | By Life With Dogs

Female deer tick

Dr. Thomas Mather, aka “the Tick Guy,” has given us a very informative interview regarding the importance of protecting your dog even in the fall and winter. Dr. Mather is very passionate about his work with ticks and about educating the public about ticks. As the Director of the TickEncounter Resource Center (TERC) at the University of Rhode Island, he has funneled this passion into the center by getting the public more involved in current research and tick education.

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Wired.com: More Tickborne Diseases Other Than Lyme. Maybe Just Don't Go Outside

August 23, 2013 | By Maryn Mckenna | Wired

More Ticks In More Places

"[The CDC changed] its estimate of Lyme disease diagnoses in the US, raising it 10-fold from 30,000 new cases per year to 300,000

Read more about Wired article | Direct Link: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/08/tickborne-not-lyme/

July 14, 2013: Three tick-related stories from Beth Daley, Environment reporter at The Boston Globe


Researchers strive for vaccine against tick-borne diseases

In a basement laboratory at the University of Rhode Island, adult deer ticks are taped onto their backs, legs flailing. For about an hour, the watermelon-seed-sized ticks continuously drool into a miniature glass tube.

A tick in her hair serves as reminder to take precautions

Despite jokes from the table about getting too close to the subject I was writing about, I was perplexed: Since embarking on a series about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, I thought I had become vigilant about not getting bitten at all.

A minuscule foe, a massive public health challenge

Should we kill all the deer? That was the question facing residents of Maine’s Monhegan Island in the mid-1990s. Lyme disease caused by deer tick bites afflicted 13 percent of the year-round inhabitants.

TERC in the News! Radio Boston Interviews Dr. Thomas Mather

Meghna Chakrabarti of Radio Boston interviews Dr. Thomas Mather about Lyme disease, the role of deer and mice in tickborne disease, tick habitat and life cycle, and finally TickSmart prevention strategies.

Memorial Day Nymphs

Memorial Day marked start of tick season

Date: 05.28.2013

URI Professor Tom Mather and his team began their annual tick counting on Tuesday, as the team researched the effectiveness of yard tick treatments. Channel 12, WPRI caught up with Dr. Mather and his tick crew while sampling at one of 75 yards in South Kingston, Rhode Island.

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bacterium Borrelia miyamotoi

New tickborne disease recognized in the northeastern USA.

Date: 01.17.2013

It's NOT Lyme but a relapsing fever illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia miyamotoi.

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Fall golfers beware of ticks in the woods

Golf Course Superintendents Association of New England invites TickEncounter to help them get TickSmart!

Date: 11.20.2012

Fall signals the return of adult stage Deer ticks in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States. It's also that time of year when golfers put on an extra layer and brave the colder temperatures to hit the links.

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Deer tick larvae early this year

Tick LARVAE! They're Early, They're Tiny, They're Everywhere - RIGHT NOW!

Date: 08.01.2012

All ticks come in small, medium and large size. And late summer is when the small-sized (nearly microscopic-small) ticks have their season -- both Deer ticks and Lone Star ticks. They're called larvae but some also refer to them as “seed ticks”. They hatch from eggs, and since tick eggs are laid in batches of 1,500 - 5,000 eggs or more, you're not likely to encounter just one or even just a few larvae at a time. It's more likely to be HUNDREDS!

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Deer tick numbers are up

URI entomologist says deer tick numbers are up significantly statewide, increasing risk of contracting Lyme disease

Date: 07.06.2012
By: Todd McLeish

"Tick abundance is really high this year, and that means that people need to get TickSmart," said Mather, referring to TickEncounter's newest public education and call to action campaign for Rhode Island. "Get TickSmart, and stay TickSafe", Mather said about his program's newest effort. "So many people either believe they already know the best way to prevent tick bites, or they don't believe ticks will bite them. The tick bite protection practices used by most folks are just not appropriate or enough for preventing bites from nymphal stage deer ticks.

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The Health Show

The Health Show on WAMC with Bob Barrett and Dr. Nina Sax

Date: 05.23.2012

"Ticks are blooming- how are you going to stay safe?" Dr. Mather will be on The Health Show 5/24 and 5/27 talking ticks with Bob Barrett and Dr. Nina Sax. The Health Show is a nationally syndicated public radio program produced by the National Productions unit at Northeast Public Radio.

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Protecting your pet from tick bites? Shouldn't you be protecting yourself, too?

If you're already protecting your pet from tick bites, that's good, but shouldn't you be protecting yourself, too? Believe it or not, informal surveys of more than one hundred people walking their dogs in blacklegged tick habitats show that more people protect their dogs from tick bites using topical treatments than are protecting themselves.

Read Story : Return of tick season

Winter Ticks

Winter ticks affecting Maine moose population

Article on SunJournal.com by Terry Karkos reveals Winter tick problem in Maine.

"Winter tick "cluster bombs" in the tens of thousands have ambushed moose this month and last. The arachnids are taking their first blood meal and settling in for the winter.

Maine wildlife biologists Chuck Hulsey and Lee Kantar are hoping for a long, cold winter with snow lingering on the ground through April.

More Information (Video) : Winter ticks affecting Maine moose population

URI entomologist

URI entomologist to establish test site

Date: 11.30.2011

Although winter is fast approaching, disease-carrying deer ticks are still active and abundant in southern New England, where a University of Rhode Island researcher has been collecting adult deer ticks at a rate of more than 350 per hour while walking in the woods, along parkland paths, and even on local roadsides in recent weeks.

How NOT to remove a tick

How NOT to Remove a Tick, do NOT burn them off!

Date: 11.14.2011

The most common response to our "how to remove a tick safely" video suggest to burn the tick in order to remove it. Our testing staff at TickEncounter have tried more than a dozen reportedly foolproof methods for tick removal. Learn why burning the tick is not the correct method!

Top Ten Things

Top 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ticks These Days

Date: 09.27.2011

Once attached to people or pets, deer ticks are just hard to find! Their numbers are on the rise and they occur in more & more places – even your backyard! Read our "Top 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Ticks These Days" and stay disease-free.

URI entomologist

Another tickborne disease causing relapsing fever?

Date: 09.22.2011

Doctors in southern Rhode Island and other states in the northeastern United States occasionally report to TickEncounter that they've seen a case of non-Lyme (no bulls-eye, negative blood test), non-Anaplasma, summertime flu-like febrile illness that responds well to doxycycline therapy. Patients recover but what caused the illness?


Rare tick disease cases on rise in Rhode Island

Rare tick disease cases on rise in Rhode Island

Date: 07.26.2011

Article by: David Klepper

"More Rhode Islanders are testing positive for a little-known tick disease that is related to malaria, health specialists said yesterday."

Once Rare, Infection by Tick Bites Spreads

Once Rare, Infection by Tick Bites Spreads

Date: 06.20.2011

Written By Laurie Tarkan

"A potentially devastating infection caused by tick bites has gained a foothold in the Lower Hudson Valley and in coastal areas of the Northeast, government researchers have found."

Life cycle of Babesia microti on TERC YouTube

Tick Bite Patch

Tick Bite Patch: RI Science & Technology Advisory Council Funds Project Looking For Solution To The Tick Problem In Rhode Island, And Beyond

Date: 02.08.2011

Development of the "Tick Bite Patch", a transdermal delivery system for anti-tick vaccines, is an all-Rhode Island collaboration between three well-established laboratories at the University of Rhode Island and two early-stage Rhode Island-based biotechnology companies.

RI-STAC funds will help the team develop proof of concept and early-stage prototypes for an anti-tick vaccine and transdermal delivery system. Prior work has shown that ticks use molecules found in their saliva to manipulate host immune defenses, helping the tick to steal blood, and in the process, transmit pathogens.

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New Photo Album: Road side tick collecting

Date: 10.21.2010

Road side tick collecting

On Tuesday, we stopped on South Road on the way to URI in order to check for adult stage Deer ticks. We were able to collect about 20 ticks in 5 minutes! October is most certainly a big month for adult stage Deer ticks!

Visit our Facebook page if you'd like to see pictures of this brief endeavor.

Link to view album on Facebook

Martha Relies on TickEncounter Tips To Remove Ticks Safely

Date: 10.05.2010

Martha Stewart

Finding a tick on your pet, or especially on YOU, can be shocking. Most people are disgusted by ticks, and removing attached ticks can be worrisome...

The Martha Stewart Show airing October 5, 2010 had a segment about preventing flea and tick bites on your pets that featured TickEncounter's popular tick removal video.

Read More || Link to show information on MarthaStewart.com

HowStuffWorks.com: Stuff You Should Know podcast about "Why Ticks Suck"

Date: 08.01.2010

Stuff You Should Know

Charles W. Bryant and Josh Clark from the HowStuffWorks.com Stuff You Should Know podcast released a show called "Why Ticks Suck". The podcast covers a range of topics, from tick biology, tick questing, tick removal (rumors and best practices), insect repellents, tick life cycle and feeding, how ticks transmit disease, and more.

We've put together a group of images to go along with the show so you can see some of the things they are talking about. We'd like to thank Josh and Chuck for putting together this information for their podcast. We encourage everyone to open and view our stunning images while listening to Chuck and Josh's podcast. After the podcast, be sure to review TERC's best practices for tick-bite protection year-round.

Stuff You Should Know on Facebook ||Images to go along with the podcast provided by TickEncounter