New tick pilot program from UMaine boosted by Press Herald

The University of Maine is launching a pilot program in May to better understand tick populations following a record-setting year for Lyme disease. The Portland Press Herald highlighted the new program and interviewed Griffin Dill, a UMaine Cooperative Extension integrated pest management professional. With tick season soon peaking, UMaine researchers plan to study how local weather conditions and wildlife species influence tick populations and health risks to humans. From mid-May to June, Dill said the heart of tick season will present adult and nymphal deer ticks and a peak of dog ticks. The UMaine Extension Tick Lab will set up 15 monitoring sites across Maine to gather data.