WHALLONSBURG — Experts will share the latest scientific and medical information on ticks in the Adirondacks at an upcoming discussion at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall. 

The talk, “A Ticking Time Bomb: The Tick Crisis in the Adirondacks,” is set for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 25 and admission is free. 

Dr. Lee Ann Sporn, biology professor and coordinator of human health and the environment at Paul Smith’s College; and Dr. Keith Collins, specialist in infectious disease at the University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital will serve as panelists at the discussion. 

"With an estimated 52,000 new cases of Lyme disease in New York State in 2017, and new tick-borne diseases appearing, the concern about ticks is growing," a news release notes.

Time will also be dedicated at the event for participants to tell their own stories of tick encounters. 

The Whallonsburg Grange Hall is located at 1610 NYS Route 22 (corner of Whallons Bay Road), in Essex.

Visit www.thegrangehall.info or call 518-963-7777 for more information.

PROTECT YOURSELF

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation offers these tips to protect yourself in tick-infested areas.

• Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave to spot ticks easily

• Wear enclosed shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots, and shirt into pants

• Check clothes and any exposed skin frequently for ticks while outdoors

• Consider using insect repellent on your clothing

• Stay on cleared, well-traveled trails. Walk in the center of trails. Avoid dense woods and bushy areas

• Keep long hair tied back

• Bathe or shower as soon as possible after going indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that may be on you

• Do a final, full-body tick check at the end of the day (also check children and pets), and remove ticks promptly

• Follow your vet's suggestion for regular flea and tick prevention treatment for pets and farm animals

 

MODIFY YOUR SURROUNDINGS

Most tick species prefer high humidity and damp areas. They also need a host nearby to feed on.

Follow these steps to limit the occurrence of ticks near your home:

• Reduce shady and damp areas in the yard

• Replace plants that deer love to browse with deer-resistant plants

• Remove leaf litter from field edges near wooded or un-managed areas

• Remove waste, secure and remove excess seed from bird feeders

• Avoid wood piles, stone walls or other structures that would shelter mice

• Establish a three foot gravel buffer zone between wooded areas and fields

• Install a deer fence to help reduce deer from dispersing ticks

• Consider pesticide applications if your risk from ticks is unacceptable. Consider using plant based, least toxic pesticides first. Be sure to read the entire pesticide label and follow the directions closely